Thursday, November 10, 2005
The nurses finally removed Kaitlyn’s IV today! She is up to 13 cc’s of breast milk every 2 hours (15 cc’s would be ½ an ounce). They are going to “fortify” my milk starting today which will give her more calories – so she can get some weight on her little frame.
Our freezer is about to overflow. Here is a picture from a few days ago. Each of these bottles (if filled to the bottom of the lid) holds 4 ounces of milk. The orange and white lables are "Kaitlyn's" labels for the NICU. Each one has to be labled with her name, her medical record number and the date and time that I pumped. Each preemie has a different colored label. The freezer is even fuller now, as this picture was taken a few days ago. Every day I produce about 10-13 bottles. We have to get a 2nd freezer soon (that’s on Brian’s list of things to do.) And as how "difficult" they are to produce, I'd rather throw away frozen food than my milk!
She’s continuing to do really well, she’s only had a few A & B spells (Apneas and Bradys). We haven’t gotten the results back of her adrenal gland function test yet (to check for her production of cortisone). She’s getting a shot of Epogen (sp?) 3x/week to help increase her red blood cell production.
She weighs about 2.5 pounds now, I can see her cheeks have filled out a bit more and her thighs seem a little bigger to me. It’s hard for us to really see a difference day to day.
I keep crossing my fingers that I will get to hold her soon! I heard one other little “mewing” sound from Kaitlyn yesterday, let’s just say she is still working on her cry.
Posted by liz.mccarthy at 11/10/2005 03:28:00 PM