Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Final Countdown

We're in the home stretch, by all appearances. Andrea had her MRI (required for discharge) at 6:45 this morning. We don't have results yet, but it's highly unlikely that anything will emerge that will derail her discharge.
Ken and I are getting training tomorrow afternoon in the use of the oxygen equipment, and my AWESOME brother-in-law is coming tomorrow night to assemble the crib. Ken got the car seat installed, and Andrea passed her "car seat test" in the SCN this morning. The babies get strapped into the car seat and monitored for an hour. If the heart rate, breathing or oxygen saturation rate drop too far, the car seat is no good for the baby and you need another. As I said, Andrea did fine!
Andrea during her car seat test. She slept through the whole thing!

Andrea is on "feed on demand" now, meaning that she can eat as much as she wants, whenever she wants. To keep her from retaining too much fluid, she's on a diuretic. It'll be interesting to see how she gains weight when her caloric intake isn't being controlled.

Tomorrow, Ken and I are "rooming in" at the hospital. I will try to post, but don't know what to expect from the evening. We'll be caring for Andrea completely on our own, although the nurses will be watching the monitors. Still, if there is no post tomorrow, do not assume there's a problem. Assume I couldn't get to a computer.

“Every child is a thought in the mind of God, and our task is to recognize this thought and help it toward completion.”
Eberhard Arnold

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