The talks about extubation has been going around the past few weeks. On Friday, the doctors finally gave us an extubation date of Sunday May 06, or if he extubates himself – whichever comes first. That didn’t happen today – he had a few brady’s yesterday, so they pushed it tomorrow.
It’s been a nice weekend. All his primaries are on their days off – but it’s good to chit chat with other nurses we see everyday. I hear they’re back tomorrow.
I’m hoping all the stars are aligned and the super moon would maximize all the prayers sent his way when he extubates tomorrow. Thank you all for your continued prayers! We’re crossing our fingers and toes that we’ll be able to premanently say ‘Bye Bye ET tube!’
Reaching milestones are the most celebrated things in the NICU [other than giving birth ] I remember doing the happy dance when Luke finally reached 2 pounds. On Friday – I was so happy to see his isolette lid open & found him swaddled in blankets! I’ve never seen him swaddled before!
It’s been 2 days since he graduated to an open crib and so far, so good! I think the nurses are a lot happier because when he’s swaddled – he can’t mess around with his neo bar and his ET tube haha!
That’s an updated picture of his man cave. It’s great not having the need to put our hands through the isolette doors now! It’s Giants season now – so we switched out his 49ers blanket to his black and orange.
In other news – Luke was weighed last night and he came in at 3 pounds, 15.1 ounces. Just 0.9 ounces shy from joining the 4 pounder club! Go Luke!!!
It’s always funny to find Luke making so many silly faces. All these were captured within a 2 minute timeframe.
I was finally able to get a good full body shot of Luke today and thought I’d update the ‘before and after’ picture! He’s growing so fast!!! Here he is at 0 weeks and 10 weeks. I’ve been so excited with his recent weight gain it’s tough to remember how small he was when he was first born.
Hi Everyone! Here’s a summary of what’s happened since the last update.
Shortly after I posted the last update, Luke was re-intubated. We were told it was because of exhaustion. It probably could have been his 2 month immunization shots too. He’s been intubated since and other than being on the vent, there hasn’t been many changes.
To sum up the past few weeks, Luke’s progress has been slow but steady. It’s now normal for my conversations with doctors to be ‘Hi . . . Do you have any questions? and Bye’ because other than his love/hate relationship with the vent, there hasn’t been anything exciting to talk about – and sometimes, that’s what I need to hear. The goal is of course to get him off that vent. Once he’s off the vent – we can move to bigger and better things.
After that scare we had last month, we were concerned about Luke’s activity. Boy, has that changed!! Luke’s been active, awake & naughty. He definitely made up for the lost time he had when he wasn’t feeling well. He’s been awake for longer periods and always has his eyes wide open [like the photo above], contorting his body, kicking, pulling, stretching. . all of the above. In fact, he’s been so active . . . HE EXTUBATED HIMSELF on April 30. He pulled the tube that connects him to his vent. I heard it was possible, but I didn’t think that Luke could/would do it – but that’s our Luke. Feisty. He was given a chance to see if he can go on CPAP again, but the timing just wasn’t right. They’re talking about extubation again – but we’ll see. I just hope that all the stars are aligned and we can finally say goodbye to that machine I’ve grown so used to.
Doesn’t he look so much Chunkier? That’s because he’s grown SOOO Much!! Here are his current stats as of 11:30pm 05/02/12
Weight : 3lbs 11oz [2lbs 6oz gained since birth] He’s almost going to join the 4 pounder club!!
Length : 14.5 inches [3 inches longer since birth]
Just a quick post. I’ve updated the MY PICTURES page! It required an amazing amount of patience and concentration! It’s not perfect, but at least I finally got some pictures up. Enjoy!
Luke April 6 2012
Our friends at Kaiser know that Luke gets mini photoshoots everyday. We usually come home to unload 100+ pictures. I also know how much everyone likes seeing his pictures!
Neill’s been the primary photographer. After getting a few pointers from Sherry, he’s been getting great shots!! It’ll be really hard for me to upload all the pictures onto this website, so I’ll try making mini 30 second snippets every now and then. Let me know how you like this one!