|Why are things so busy around here?|
|Hanging with Dad on Tuesday morning|
During these hectic few days, we noticed a change in Andrew. Starting on Monday he just seemed a little off. He was much calmer than usual, wasn't crying as much (especially around meal time when he usually is ready to eat) and he was eating slower than usual. Actually, Monday night he only took about 1/2 his bottle for two feeds in a row. Tuesday, I went in and noticed the same thing. J and I both commented to our nurses on Monday and Tuesday that he just didn't seem himself. Everyone tried to chalk it up to something benign - we changed his formula, he's eating more volume and so he isn't so hungry so he's calmer, he had an eye exam and those can make a baby off for the day. I even got "often when babies are ready to go home, parents panic and so they begin to imagine the baby is sick so they can stay longer." Yeah right - after 130 days I'm ready not to spend my entire life at the NICU!!!
J and I walked in that night, oblivious to all that had happened in the preceding hours. We were carrying Andrew's car seat and excitedly talking to some of our friends in the hall about his discharge in just a few days. Out walks one of the nurse practitioners, and says she needs to talk to us - over there in the corner. My heart just sunk. It's never good when the doctors or nurse seek you out. She gave us the bad news, including that Andrew had to be moved back to the intensive care unit, that he would be getting lots of antibiotics, and he wouldn't be able to eat until the figure out what exactly was going on or he got better. Just when we thought the ride was over, it continues.
|Not feeling well on Tuesday night. Back in room 202 |
with a big distended belly. Yes, that's an IV in his head!
|Feeling a bit better on Wednesday. Belly getting|
smaller. Yes, now the IV is on the other side
of his head. Poor kid!
|Thursday - resting.|
More permanent central PICC IV now in his arm.
Notice that they had to cut his hair a bit for the
scalp IV. Not how I imagined his first haircut!