The Continuing Adventures of SuperPreemie

steps in the right direction…

Posted on: December 14, 2004

After reading the results of Shoshanna’s 24+ hours on the memory monitor, Dr. Meyer has decided to do a 5-channel study on her. Basically, they’ll put a ph probe in her esophagus (more tubes… she’ll be so thrilled…) and another set of respiration, oxygen saturation, and respiration monitors on her. The test will last about 24 hours. The idea is to get a better idea of when and how much she’s refluxing so that they can adjust her treatment if necessary. They’re trying to figure out if her episodes of apnea and bradycardia are completely related to her reflux. That test will probably happen in the next 48 hours or so, and then we’ll have a better idea of the course that her reflux treatment will be taking. The process, however, doesn’t sound pleasant at all. I’m not sure if they’ll take her off of the Tagamet for the study, which would only make it more unpleasant.

The interesting thing is that Shoshanna has very few cardiopulmonary events when we feed her. I think it’s because we can take more time with her – we don’t push her to eat faster than she wants to, and we burp her for a long time. Of course, the nurses can’t do that. It’s just the advantage of the parental touch.

Speaking of, she’s over 4.5 lbs now – today’s weight of record was 4 pounds, 9.4 ounces, up an entire ounce from yesterday! She gains an ounce a day pretty often, actually. A slow day for her is a day when she only gains half an ounce.

They’ve started to shift Shoshanna’s meds and milk additives around to what they’ll have to be for her to come home; they’re trying her on a regular multivitamin rather than the separate ones she’d been getting, and they’re going to change her from human milk fortifier to regular formula added to her breast milk as a calorie booster, since the HMF isn’t available on the outside.


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