Thursday, December 6, 2007

Thursday, December 6, 2007 - Update

Well, Olivia did not pass her car seat test last night. They will most likely retry her with oxygen. Sometimes, they send babies home in a car bed, but I really want her to be able to go in her car seat. And, let me be the first to say, as Olivia’s mother, I don’t think she’s quite ready. This is from someone who wants her home more than anything! I may be wrong, but I was right when I knew something was wrong and then went into preterm labor. If the nurses are reading this, please try to allow us until at least next week. And, do you know what the weather is supposed to do this weekend? Please don’t make us take her home on icy roads. I just want to feel more confident that the time is right.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jodi,
I finish school Monday and I am going to take a couple of months before I start working. So let me know what I can do to help. (you can have your own private nurse).
Jamie

Anonymous said...

Jamie, That would be wonderful! I'm in a bit of a rush this morning, but I'll call you back this afternoon.

Jodi

23 Weekers said...

Jodi,

I'm so happy to see Olivia doing so well. I would like to suggest something that has really helped ease some of the stress at home. You might want to consider having a pulse oximeter instead of the apnea monitor. The pulse oximeter monitors their O2 saturation and heart rate. The doctors say that it drives the parents crazy, but if it is set at an appropriate rate, it won't drive you crazy. The babies will always go up/down a bit and could cause it to go off, but if it is set at 85% for the oxygen (at night) and 100 for the heart rate (at night), mine only goes off when their is truly an issue. Normally the issue is that one of the babies pulled their canula out. This will warn you of an apnea or oxygen issue. The apnea monitor will not monitor the O2. The other thing that I didn't like about the apnea monitor is that it wraps around the chest - kind of a pain. The pulse oximeter is just the little wrap that Olivia always has wrapped around her foot. It measures the O2 saturation like at the hospital. And...if you notice in the right hand corner of the screen at the hospital, you will see the heart rate that is picked up from the pulse oximeter. I like this because I got so used to monitoring from the hospital that it was an easy transition home. Something to consider - everyone is different, but wanted to let you know that it exists as an option. I was told that insurance will only pay for one or the other. Also, please talk to Kid Screen, they may be able to get you a nurse to help you at home and back-n-forth to your appointments. They have been a huge help to me. I qualified for 16 hrs/day 7 day/wk for Kinnick and Carver.

Shanon Woolley

Anonymous said...

Wow so close to going home...Congrats...
kellars mommy

Anonymous said...

Well, it's too bad that she didn't pass her car seat test. But that's ok.
Jodi and Ryan, I knew that your love is overflowing and know it is showing. Some parents just want their child to be home, so they will do whatever it takes to make sure they are. But, making the best out of everything, you are being so patient. And I'm sure it's probably one of the hardest things, knowing how far she's come. It's so good to hear that you are giving her time, and making sure that she's ready. This is one of the many reasons I look up to you guys!
Love you all!
Keep up the good work, Livi!
Stay Strong,
Shea♥

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I would love to babysit for you ANYTIME!!!!
Call me WHENEVER!!!
Shea♥