We are happy to say Elizabeth is two weeks old today, but she had us on a roller coaster ride all weekend.
Friday morning, the doctors were a little concerned about her leg. It was a little blue, when they pulled the line out of her belly button; it caused an artery to spasm which restricted blood flow to her leg. They did an ultrasound to check for clots and put nitroglycerin on her skin to help blood flow. A few hours latter everything looked great.
Friday night my plan was to have a short visit with Elizabeth and then go to Kroger. When I got there five people were around her bed, usually never a good sign. They told me they thought that Elizabeth may have had a seizure. Well, as you can imagine my quick visit lasted several hours and Kroger had to wait. Elizabeth was a little problematic with her vent settings, but there were no signs of more seizures. The doctors said that it was most likely that her immature nervous system was just twitching; there were really no reason for any seizures. The doctor promised to call if she had any more seizures. When I left she was happy and sleeping on her tummy for the first time. Elizabeth showed us all what a strong little girl she really is. While on her tummy she pushed her little butt in the air like she was trying to crawl, I couldn’t believe it!
Saturday morning when I called to check on her, the nurse said Elizabeth was a little fragile that morning and needed a lot of oxygen between 75 and 100%, she usually is in the 30-40% range. They also started her on antibiotics for a possible infection.
When I got to the hospital an hour or so latter, Elizabeth had made a remarkable turn around. The doctor said that her lungs had collapsed and that they moved up her vent settings, and she was improving with that, her oxygen had been turned down also. They weren’t very worried about infection any more, but were treating her until her blood tests came back to be safe. The nurses said that Elizabeth was a wild girl that morning and she must not feel too bad to be moving so much. When I left I told Elizabeth no more bad reports!
Later that afternoon when I called, the nurse told me Elizabeth was doing wonderfully! That was so much nicer to hear. Elizabeth was down to 25% oxygen, we breathe 21%, so everybody was very happy with that and all of Elizabeth’s numbers looked good too.
Today she is still doing well, her nurse told “she was as good as gold” and all her number look good.
Due to her busy weekend, Elizabeth has not started getting any food yet. Hopefully, if she behaves herself it will be soon.
p.s. I did make it to the grocery store Saturday evening!