February 26, 2011

CPAP Surprise

We arrived at the hospital this afternoon, and when I approached Zoey's incubator, I did my reflexive glance towards her CPAP monitor to check her O2 rate.

But. . . there was no monitor. I then looked back at Zoey and realized. . . she wasn't wearing the CPAP headgear. No CPAP? NO CPAP?!!

Apparently, at 11 a.m. today it was determined Zoey had done so well during her one hour breaks from the CPAP earlier this week, they wanted to try it longer term to see how she reacts. So, she's only wearing a tiny nasal O2 cannula.

And she's LOVING IT! Zoey's just stretched out, with her hands on the sides of her head, totally at ease with this most excellent development.

Zoey had always fought with the CPAP--it was clearly an uncomfortable apparatus for her to endure--so seeing her in her incubator unencumbered by the annoying device provided a huge emotional lift for my wife and me.

She's also 2 lbs 9 ozs today which--for those of you playing at home--is double her Dec. 30 birth weight.

Now, if you'll excuse me, we have to give our daughter a bath.

Yes, this has been one of those good days we've been waiting around for.

Posted by Ryan at February 26, 2011 02:31 PM | TrackBack

That is WONDERFUL news--Go Zoey!! I have a question, does Zoey drink your wife's breastmilk then? Is she tube fed or bottle? Just curious how that all works--especially since you said Zoey is filling her diapers so well! ;)

Posted by: Lisa at February 26, 2011 09:11 PM

Zoey is fed through a tube into her mouth to her stomach. Until two days ago, the tube bypassed her stomach and went into her duodenum (basically the entrance into her small intestine), but she was taking the feeds well enough to go to the stomach instead. Because they want her to gain weight, it's a mixture of breast milk and formula with extra calories. Hence the excellent weight gain, and the big diapers.

Posted by: Ryan at February 26, 2011 09:18 PM

And I complained about my bland steak.

Congrats on the progress. 2 and a half lbs seems so small; perspective is funny stuff.

Posted by: Dustin at February 26, 2011 11:47 PM

Great news. Go, Zoey!!

Posted by: alex at February 27, 2011 12:12 AM
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