Monday, September 9, 2013

8 Weeks

Cooper was 8 weeks old yesterday. No big changes, we are just waiting to take him home.

There are 4 different neonatal doctors that rotate working at the NICU. The last doc, Dr K, is the one who told us we would count down from his last bradycardia, which puts us at taking him home Tuesday. She also ordered the oxygen machine and told us Cooper would be going home on oxygen.

Dr P is our doctor now and she really wants to get Cooper off oxygen before he goes home. Nurse L tried him off respiratory support late Saturday night and he did well, but wore out and had to be put back on a very low flow, only 1/32 L. It sounds like Dr P would like to keep Cooper another week or so until they can try him without oxygen again.

The NICU got lots of new babies this weekend and is almost full. I'm hopng that might give Dr P more reason to send Cooper home on Tuesday. If she doesn't, Dr R takes her place on Wednesday and the nurse feels certain that he will change the orders and send Cooper home on oxygen.

It's funny how different the 4 doctors are. I know that they all have Cooper's best interests in mind, and I appreciate them all. But I can tell some of them are more cautious, and some push the babies a little more. It is common for a doctor to write orders, then another doc
tor to come in a few days later and change everything. While I do want to do whatever is best for Cooper, I also want to get him home as soon as possible.

In other news, Cooper is slowly gaining. He's up to 3 lbs 15 oz. Jake did go hunting on opening day but didn't have any luck. He scouted out the same area he hunted in last year and saw some nice Elk. Last year there were only two other campers in that area, but this year it was packed. It also poured rain most of the weekend. I'm sure he will go out and try again.

I'm not counting on Cooper coming home Tuesday or Wednesday. Just hoping! I'm done watching the traning videos and am deep cleaning 1 room in the house each day. The car seat base is installed in the car and I think we are as ready as we'll ever be. Bring it on!

1 comment:

  1. Love this little guy, Maggie. He certainly is someone very special. Hope you can take him home very soon. Thank you for sharing his journey with all of us. We'll continue to pray for all of you.
    John & Linda