For Matthew to be discharged from the NICU, he has to go five days without an apnea or bradycardia (stop breathing or major slowdown in heart rate). He went 24 hours this weekend, but then had one yesterday. So the countdown started today and he could be discharged on Friday. We've been given an option of taking him home sooner than that on a monitor. I've heard that can be very stressful with the monitor going off all the time (usually false alarms). After discussing the options with each other and nurses, we've decided to ride it out until Friday and bring him home without the monitor. But... if he has another episode before then, we will consider bringing him home with a monitor because we don't want this time to extend any longer than Friday.
But barring these small episodes, Matthew is doing very well. His bilirubin level is in the normal range so he is free from the lights. He's eating well so his IV line was taken out yesterday. The only attachments he has are for his heart rate and respiratory rate. So he's in a little bassinet that can be wheeled around. I was able to spend a few hours with him in a "family room" today. He was incredibly sleepy today, probably because the little piggie took between 2.5-3 ounces PER FEEDING overnight last night. And he was likely exerting more energy keeping himself warm today because he was out of his isolette. I'm trying to think positive and not believe that he has his nights and days mixed up...
We brought the boys over to "meet" Matthew last night. The boys are too young to be allowed into the NICU during viral season, so the only option is to bring Matthew into a family room with a window so the boys can look in to see him.
a kiss from Nathan
One of the funniest things about this week has been the reaction of some of the nurses who see me (or Mark) in the NICU and they do a double-take. They certainly weren't expecting to see us back at all, let alone so soon! Matthew's nurse for the past few days has been Ann. She was also one of Micah's nurses one year ago. She enjoyed seeing Micah. He was quite the ham too.
Matthew likes his arms to be free from blankets
Oma with Matthew
Oma with Micah
Grammie feeding Matthew