Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Connor -- Day 4

Connor Jamison
4 days old
I woke up today with the worst feeling ever. I was going to be discharged and my baby was not. I was in tears all morning. I could barely find it in me to even get up and go to the NICU. I was told at 11:45 am that I was not allowed in the NICU at the time because the doctor was making his rounds. For some reason, this quack cannot do anything in front of a parent. Really irked me. Later on, when I went back, the neonatology nurse practitioner came to talk to us. She told me that as long as Connor didn't have another episode with his heart rate and oxygen levels and as long as his bilirubin level was good, he could come home tomorrow. Great! And now, even better - it's policy that baby room with mommy the night before discharge. Yea! I was told I would be able to stay again tonight and have Connor with me! I was informed that his nurse would bring him to me around 7-8 pm and let me know what was going on.
At 8 pm, his nurse brought him down with a list of instructions (ok, I knew all of this already but I humored her simply because I was excited to have my baby with me!). I was supposed to feed him 2.5 oz every 3 hours and document. I had to change his diaper before every feeding and document what was in it. I had to change his pulse ox reader from one foot to the next at every feeding. He was still hooked up to the monitors overnight, but I didn't care. He was with me!
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