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S: Nolan's Stay in the NICU

FC: Nolan's Stay in the NICU | 2/5/09 to 3/15/09

1: Nolan Cash Schaeffer born February 5, 2009 at 9:40 a.m. weighing 4lbs 7.9oz measuring 17 1/4 in

2: 02/05/09 - My contractions started around 6 that morning. Till my doctor got to the hospital I was fully dilated and they were taking me for an emergency c-section. | When Nolan was born, not only was the cord wrapped around his neck but there was also a knot in the cord.

3: 2/5/09 - My water broke on Christmas Eve and my amniotic fluid was very low. Because of this Nolan's lungs were very under-developed for a 32 week old baby. Nolan was put on 100% oxygen shortly after his birth. He had a pneumothorax-a hole in his lung. The air leaked into his chest wall and the doctors had to put a chest tube in him. They worked on Nolan for 4 1/2 hours in the NICU. Now they were watching him for pneumonia.

4: 2/6/09 - The doctors turned Nolan's oxygen back to 30%. He is still on an oscillator, which is used only on very sick babies. The doctors say he is stable. Nolan is getting chest x-rays every 8 hours to make sure the air is leaving his chest cavity.

5: 2/7/09 - Nolan's x-rays show there is no more pneumothorax. The doctors turned off his chest tube. Now Nolan has jaundice and they begin phototherapy.

6: 2/8/09 - Nolan's chest tube is finally removed. He is still heavily sedated. When we go in the NICU to see him he doesn't cry or even move.

7: 2/9/09 - I was discharged from the hospital today. I was in for 48 days and should be happy to leave but its very hard to come home without Nolan. He was fighting his oscillator today and ended up pulling it out. He is now on vapotherm that warms and moisturizes the oxygen.

8: 2/10/09 - Nolan's phototherapy was stopped today. They took out his arterial line which was used to monitor his blood pressure in real time. | I finally got to hold Nolan. He is 5 days old. | Nolan was moved from a warming table into an isolet. We started feeding him thru a nasogastric tube. He is eating 5 mls of breast milk on a 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 schedule.

9: 2/11/09 - Feedings have been moved up to 15 mls today. Nolan now weighs 4lbs 10ozs. | Today was the first day Nolan opened both eyes. We are definately seeing him improve daily.

10: 2/12/09 - One week old! Doctors removed the other line in Nolan's belly button and put an IV in his arm. His feedings are still increasing. He is now on "room air"- oxygen that is equal to what we breathe.

11: 2/13/09 - Today many things happend. The nurses turned down the flow thru the oxygen canula. Nolan also finished his IV fluids. | His feedings are up to the max. | Only a few more days of antibiotics which have prevented him from developing pneumonia.

12: 2/14/09 - The canula flow is now turned down to 1.5. NeoSure is being added to my breast milk to give Nolan more calories and help him grow. Today he weighs 4lbs 12 ozs. Nolan is gaining about an ounce a day.

13: 2/15/09 - Antibiotics are stopped. No pneumonia! | The IV was taken out of Nolan's hand today. | No more vapotherm, Nolan is on regular oxygen. | I tried to bottle feed Nolan today but he was too sleepy!

14: 2/16/09 - Everything is stable with Nolan. Not many changes right now. The nurses have decided to wait until he is 34 weeks to begin bottle feeding. The doctors told me Nolan must get RSV shots. These shots will prevent him from getting Respiratory Syncytial Virus.

15: 2/17/09 - No more oxygen canula! Nolan only has the NG tube. | I tried breastfeeding Nolan for the first time today. We also decided to try him on the bottle again and he drank 1/3 of it!

16: 2/19/09 - Yesterday Nolan developed a yeast like rash on his bottom and had to be put on anitbiotic cream. | I breastfed Nolan today again and he did very well. His feedings have now been increased to 40 mls. He also started taking vitamins. | Two weeks old today!

17: 2/21/09 - Nolan had an ultrasound of his head yesterday and today we found out that there is no bleeding. He will have another at 40 wks to be sure. The nurses are saying Nolan may possibly come home in 2-3 weeks! | Nolan must take all his feedings by bottle and not have any alarms for five days before he can come home. (alarms are when he stops breathing)

19: 2/25/09 - Nolan is having regular alarms. He had a severe one while I was feeding him yesterday. The doctors stopped his vitamins because his calcium levels are high. They also did a culture of his eye, thinking he has blocked tear ducts.

20: 2/26/09 - Nolan is doing better eating. He is taking all his feedings by bottle now. He was moved from his isolette into a crib!

21: 2/27/09 Today we got the preliminary results from the culture of Nolan's eye. It looks like he does have blocked tear ducts. The results showed there was little bacteria.

23: 3/2/09 - Nolan is improving quickly. His eyes are getting better. He is still alarming with his feedings, but not with every one. | Nolan removed his NG tube today. All by himself!

24: 3/3/09 - Nolan is now allowed to eat any way he wants - breastfeed or bottle. He is still eating every three hours. He is back on the vitamins.

25: Nolan and I got to go to the parent's room today for his feeding. We can be alone in there. | The doctors think he has a hernia. The surgeon is coming to talk to me about surgery.

26: 3/7/09 - I got to give Nolan his bath today. He is scheduled for double hernia surgery on 3/12/09. | Nolan smiles a lot in his sleep!

27: 3/8/09 - Today Nolan got moved into the big boy crib! | The nurses give Nolan lots of attention. He's very popular in the NICU!

28: 3/10/09 - Dr. Frankle gave Nolan his first eye exam. | 3/11/09 - Nolan will get his RSV and Hep B shots soon. He may go home on Sunday!

29: 3/12/09 Nolan had his double hernia surgery today at 7:30 am. It only took one hour. He had an IV in his head and it infiltrated. They put the new one in his foot.

30: Nolan passed his car seat test. He had to sit in it for 2-3 hrs. without alarming. | 3/15/09 - Nolan leaves the hospital today! | He also passed his hearing test.

31: Home at last! It's not the end..it's the beginning!

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