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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Back on the high flow cannula, 5w3d old

The blue tube is connected to humidity and some other stuff which is part of being the high flow cannula. 

38 days old/days in NICU
Weight: 3 lbs 10.4 oz ( +1 ounce)*
*30 grams=1 ounce

Ella was still on 40-50% O2 (sometimes more) so today the doctor put her back on the high flow cannula. It looks exactly the same but comes with a bunch more junk and it's a higher flow. She's also on 2 liters pressure now. Thankfully, that seems to have made a difference as when I left, Ella was in the high 30's for O2. That's what she was on only when she was being held by me and even then, she was usually in the low 40's. Hopefully she just needs this for a few days or so and then she can start to wean off of it then back onto the regular cannula and God willing, eventually not need any oxygen support. As we're getting towards going home in the next several weeks, I have to wonder if we're going to end up going home on oxygen. I asked the nurse if that would prevent us from being able to babywear (wear her in a sling or wrap or carrier of some sort) and she said no, it shouldn't prevent us from being able to wear her. 

Cannula looks the same as the regular one
Yesterday, Ella was acting very sleepy and wouldn't breastfeed at all. She also spit up a few times so I was pretty concerned with all these different things but the sleepiness appears to have been caused by her focusing all her energy on breathing. The biggest spit up occurred when she had the poop of the century and they said that often goes hand in hand for the preemie babies. 


I've noticed the last day or two that Ella has started smiling in reaction to laughter. Today, I was talking to her nurse while holding Ella and each time we laughed, Ella would smile. It was so sweet!!! 

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