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oh. my. word.

What a frustrating morning! I called the hospital this morning regarding a concern and never did hear back from the doctor. I called on some medical bills…of course the hospital couldn’t pass on my insurance information, so I had to make several calls. And I found out the doctor who delivered J doesn’t take my insurance at all. So we got on a long term payment plan with his office. Plus I found out another local NICU is much more family friendly than the hospital we’re at, but it’s not possible for us to switch. Not the best day. I called the hospital again mid afternoon, even more frustrated when I found out the doctor had left and had never bothered to call me. (She’s probably a great doctor, but her ‘bedside manner’ seems to be…lacking.)


Then my day changed drastically. With one little comment from the nurse. The doctor (same one who didn’t return my call) is looking at an overnight on Thursday with J coming HOME on Friday. Home Friday. This Friday I might have a baby IN MY HOME. Oh. My. Word. I was not expecting my day, week, life to change so dramatically so fast! I suddenly no longer cared about my concerns with the NICU policies/attitudes. I might have my boy with me this week. As of Thursday night I can be with him a LOT. (They require parents have an overnight with their baby in a family room in NICU. They usually require both parents be there, but given our situation they’ll allow just one of us to come so the other parent can be with S and K.) Then he’d come home with us Friday.

J needs to not have another alarm. And he’ll be coming home with an apnea machine. (This momma doesn’t care. He’ll be home.) Please pray with me (again, still, etc.) that he has no more alarms or other issues. He is on formula for three days and they are hoping that takes care of his jaundice. Apparently breast milk can increase jaundice issues for a while. If they determine this is the cause (ie his bilirubin levels plummet by the end of the third day) they don’t worry about it; eventually it’ll level out on its own. It seems they don’t know why this happens, but it does happen in some breastfed babies. If his levels are not down after the third day they’ll do other testing.

J’s kidney/plumbing procedure indicated no further problems, which is good. Usually his issue resolves itself on it’s own, but they’ll follow up when he gets a little bigger. He had an ultrasound on his head this morning and the spot from bleeding is the same, which is apparently good. It can take a while to reabsorb, the question was if it spread, caused an infection,etc. They’ll follow up on this later as well to be sure it’s healed.

Please pray J is home by this weekend. I’m giddy at the thought and praying we won’t be disappointed. Here’s hoping it works out!

Have I thanked you for all your prayers and support lately? THANK YOU!!

(I’m not even touching the dance floor tonight. Just floating.)


BTW, I had a really good discussion with the nurse practioner working tonight. I felt like she really heard me. Don’t know if she’ll be able to do much, but hopefully down the road other families will have a better experience. I told her I would like to be part of the team, or at least part of the discussions of what happens with my baby. She seemed to think I wasn’t asking too much!

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Food

On a completely different and lighter note, I just read Jamie Oliver won an emmy for his television series: Food Revolution. This series was great and if you missed it, check it out online. It’s worth your time. Nice work, Mr. Oliver!


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11051620

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