Sunday, February 15, 2009

I have casts

The past two days have been good in the NICU. Having a private room is quite nice, there aren't as many beeps from other baby's monitors, we have our own private bathroom as well as a TV, and Kc can bring his computer and we can update the blog from the hospital.
Yesterday morning, Dr. Gerardi came in and put Noah's casts on. He used a special dressing that was developed by NFL trainers. They look like fiberglass casts, but they hardened in less than two minutes and are fairly flexible. Noah doesn't seem to mind the casts which is a good thing. He will have his casts changed weekly for aproxiamately a month before he has a minor surgery on his achilles tendon. He will then be casted for about two months before he graduates to braces.
Kc, Nana, Papa and I all took an Infant CPR class that focused on trach babies. We practiced placing a "bag" on a trach and giving two breaths before giving 30 chest compressions. We also learned the four symptoms of a choking child — crying without any noise, excessive coughing or coughing without any sound, high pitched voice or gurgling sounds, and a bluish tint in the face. Because of Noah's trach he shows three out of four symptoms at all times, so I suppose, if he is choking we will just be looking for a blue baby. I guess dressing up as a Smurf for Halloween will not be an option!

Grandma Jackson and Uncle Scott came by for another visit before heading back up to Rocklin. Noah truly loves being held and rocked!
His feedings are going well. He is now bottle fed every other feeding and has increased his milk intake to 45 ml. He will continue to increase 1 ml every feeding until 50 ml. When Noah is able to drink 70 ml the doctors will decrease the fluids given to him through his PICC line (a deep IV line that goes through a vein in his arm towards his heart). Eventually the PICC line will be taken out and he can go home. Noah is still spitting up during every feeding, but I am confident that he is just a "typical boy" who loves to spit.

15 comments:

  1. Hi Guys, Noah is so precious. I look forward to reading about his progress each day.

    Rebecca Freshwater

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  2. Lookin' good little guy. Keep eating! Your new digs look a little homier and you look so content snuggled with you Daddy and Mommy. Take good care!

    xoxoxoxox
    Amy Brian Owen

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  3. Noah is such a trooper. Keep up the good work, Noah!
    Love, Debbie, Fred, Avery and Evan

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  4. Noah's progress is awesome. Keep it up!

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  5. Little Noah, you are getting stronger and more handsome each day! Wow! I'd love to be in that line-up of folks who wait their turn to hold you for a few minutes. That would be so wonderful!
    I'm happy that you have a new family room to share with your Mom and Dad. Very cozy.
    You are doing such a terrific job of just being you, in the sweetest, most engaging way, showing a strength we all find so admirable.
    You can count on us folks in So Cal to do our part as Team Noah members, to keep you in our hearts and prayers, loving you and cheering you on! With love, Nana Betty's cousin, Ruth

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  6. Yay for CPR class! I wonder if you had the same guy I had when I did my CPR training. I emailed Rebecca on the email address she has on your blog. Let us know if Chris and I can be of any help. I work with "trach babies" everyday and I am sure Noah would be my favorite! :)

    Chris and Lindsay

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  7. Hi Noah, Rebecca and Kc. You are always on my mind and in my prayers. You have changed so much in just two weeks and Noah...is there anything sweeter than the way your mom looks at you as she is feeding you. Keep up the good work Noah..mom and dad too! Love to all of you. Kim M.

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  8. Just keep swimming, Noah! I'm so proud of your progression, Little One, it brings joy to my heart! Yay for bottle feeding and for spit :)

    Love,
    Jenn

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  9. Great job on the feedings Noah! I remember those little bottles. Forever you'll be measuring his milk in ml instead of ounces. We still say, he had 220 ml instead of 7oz. I guess it comes from starting out drinking 30ml at a time! He'll be up to 220 before you know it!

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  10. Way to go Noah! You are such a trooper, it appears we will all get to see you soon!
    Torres Family

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  11. I met Dr Gerardi years ago when he operated on my sons broken leg. He is a great doctor. Noah is in great hands. Especially the Hands of God. I will be praying for your precious son that God's hands touch his life.

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  12. So wonderful to see such progress. You are such a good little boy Noah. Keep it up!

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  13. Dearest Noah,
    You are so cute and handsome, I cannot wait to meet you. Your mommy is a great teacher and loved by all at Copper River. I will pray that you get stronger and healthier every day, and make your mommy & daddy proud.
    Doreen Teoh

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  14. All these pictueres look so familiar. We know the NICU very well but this experience will only make you stronger. That is so awesome you guys get your private room. Lucy and I were there and spoke at the opening of that new unit. Remember God does not give us more than we can handle. Noah is so cute and if you have any questions feel free to give us a call.

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  15. Your blog has traveled along way, I live in Texas and I recieved this link from a my sister which her husband is a cousin to one of your parents. I read the whole blog, from the begining. I just wanted to say WHAT AMAZING PARENTS you both are. Reading this I've seen a LOT of strength, courage, determination and even a little humor..God works in mysterious ways and you two have really been put to the test.. Continue to be strong and I will continue to keep all three of you in my prayers.
    God Bless You All
    Paula

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