Kyle is now on CPAP:) CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. A nasal CPAP device consists of a large tube with tiny prongs that fit into the baby's nose, which is hooked to a machine that provides oxygenated air into the baby's air passages and lungs. The pressure from the CPAP machine helps keep a preemie's lungs open so he or she can breathe. However, the machine does not provide breaths for the baby, so the baby breathes on his or her own. This was very exciting and scary at the same time. When they first hooked Kyle up, he didn’t realize what was happening and started changing color. Then he realized that he had to breath and started doing good. He started making faces and grinning. The nurse said that she has never seen a baby make so many faces after being hooked up to CPAP. It was so cute. Also, when they took his neobar (the thing that holds his ventilator on his face) off, his cheeks bulged. I thought that there was something wrong and asked the nurse. She said that I had just never seen his pudgy cheeks. She assured me that nothing was wrong; his cheeks are just red from the neobar. They also took the dressing off his incision today. They gave him morphine before doing this and Kyle was very “happy”. By this I mean groggy. He is now getting fed 13 ml every 2 hours and weighs 1150 grams now or 2 lbs 9 oz.
And now to answer some questions:
Is Kyle's stomach still bloated? No, he hasn't had a problem with this anymore. They reduced his feeds at first but now he is on full feeds. They also gave him some medication for fluid retention.
Is Benjamin's face still puffy? No, this is also from fluid retention which he is on medication for.
Was Robert (the nurse) there for arrival? No, he wasn't. I think he is back on sometime later this week. He'll be very surprised at the boy's improvement. I'm sure the boys miss him.
Benjamin grabbing his ear with one hand and his lead wire with the other.
Benjamin from the back of his isolette.
Kyle in another position he likes to sleep in- hand over his head. I think his Daddy also does this sometimes. Notice the soother hanging half out of his mouth. I didn't want to wake him up by taking it away.
Kyle hiding from Mom.
Kyle after the nurse took out his ventilator and the neobar off his cheeks. If I wouldn't have been there I would probably wonder if this is the same Kyle. His cheeks are pudgy. They're red because of the neobar. The nurse had warned me to have my camera in position so I could just snap a picture after they took his ventilator off. I only had a few seconds so good thing I was in position and snapped two after each other. The first one didn't turn out so I'm glad I just pressed the button two times.
Kyle on CPAP. He was put on it at 2:30 and I phoned at 5:30 and he is still doing good. Sometimes they get put on CPAP and then have to be re-intubated (put back on the ventilator).