Sunday, April 13, 2008

Today in the life of Daniel

For those who are following, today was still frustrating. Daniel's bilirubin level went up again, so he was started on light therapy. He was *extremely* sleepy all day today, and had only 1 fairly successful feeding. The rest were done with his feeding tube. I had an excellent nurse yesterday and today... its amazing to me how much difference that can make in how the day feels. Our nurse from Friday, though very kind, was not very helpful. She did her job and made light conversation, but at feeding time, when I could really use some help to keep Daniel awake, and some encouragment that it was going well, she would pull the curtain to give me privacy. Today's nurse was also good at her job, made light conversation and all that, but went the extra mile to help in every way possible. When the morning feeding wasnt' going well, she offered to call in the lactation department to help out. In the afternoon, I started having my own problems with a fever because of either a plugged duct or the beginnings of mastitis, she found the number for my doctor, and offered to get me some tylenol etc. What I mainly learned from that experience is that I really need to take care of myself if I am going to be effective at helping Daniel. Anyway, thanks for reading my ramblings. Thank heaven for modern medicine... I'm sure Daniel and I will both make full recoveries....

3 comments:

devri said...

lights are not fun are they. I never understood the detail in them, I know they make them better, but it doesn't make it better when you want to hold them and comfort them and you just can't. We will get through this, although your baby was alot earlier than mine, there is a reason why they need to come out when they are ready, not modern med. but whats worse? placenta not working, or liver not working... I choose liver, because it will get better. Keep strong, I learned that when Maka was so sick, If you can't take care of yourself, you can't take care of the ones you love. We are going through the same, I have a fever too, from the good old nursing thing. take care of yourself

Karena said...

We can understand the frustration that goes wiith having a newborn in the hospital with feeding problems, but he'll get it. Just be very patient and know that you are in our prayers.

Kenney Crew said...

Thinking of you tons!!! Continue to hang in there, before you know it he'll be eating you out of house and home. Love ya!!!