Anyone spend time in NICU?
Ashley - posted on 01/30/2010
We were in the NICU for 3 days but sat at the hospital in Craig, CO with problems breathing for 3 days before that. Turns out Jake also had a pneumo with his under developed lungs being he was just 36 weeks. They don't carry surfactant here so his lung probably collapsed when they did the cpap on him and non-compliant lungs. Guess we will never know. We had to come home on Oxygen but he is doing good now and growing a lot
Wendy - posted on 01/29/2010
My daughter was born December 7th, 2009 and spent 10 days in the NICU. She was infected with GBS (group B strep) during delivery.
She is a happy healthy baby now and we are happy to have her home. We had a great experience with the staff at the hospital and although it was a stressfull time for our family, they were wonderful. I was able to breastfeed every 3 hours during the day and she received my pumped breast milk from the nurses during the night.
I tested negative for the GBS, but it was a false negative. She never cultured the bacteria from her blood, but my placenta was full of the bacteria and cultured right away.
Deb - posted on 01/26/2010
Hi Tannis, hope your daughter is doing well!
I was induced at 9 days overdue and ended up having an emergency c-section - my darling boy was born 12 Dec 2009 :-D I thought that was all the drama over and done with, but on day 3 my son started to have seizures so they zoomed him across the hallway to NICU for observation and drugs etc. We were there for 10 days in total, and the staff were all fantastic (...well, apart from one rather gung-ho nurse who liked to take things into her own hands, including wanting to ignore doctors' orders ... :-/ ). I really appreciated being able to stay in the unit with my beautiful boy, and carry on with breast feeding him - when I fed him didn't feel like my baby had been taken off me any more!! (He spent most of his time in an incubator, and for some of the time I couldn't even touch him because they were monitoring his brain waves etc.)
Turns out there's a wonky gene running in my family, which is why he had seizures - though I'd never had seizures myself as an infant, so it didn't occur to any of us that it might happen. Luckily for us, he will grow out of it, thank goodness!!
Best of luck to you and your lovely daughter.
Jessica - posted on 01/26/2010
My son spent 7 weeks in the NICU. I delivered 8 weeks early but lucky was able to get the steriod to mature his lungs so he never had any breathing issues. He did have belly issues, developed a condition called NEC (for short) and also developed a blood infection while in the NICU. It is the most stressful thing I have ever experienced as well but he is now a thriving toddler with no signs of delay from prematurity.
Amanda - posted on 01/26/2010
hi im amanda, i had a c section with my son, when he was born his breathing was extremely fast and they sent him to the NICU to do a spinal tab and see if he had an infection, also he had a murmer in his heart so after they fixed his breathing he was transferred to a different hospital that had a pediatric cardiologist, and he had to stay there to make sure his heart was ok, needless to say he has a hole in his heart and his valve going to his longs is extra think but hes doing great and weights over 10 pounds at 6 weeks he stayed and extra 4 days after i was discharged it was the most stressful moment but everything worked out great
Stevie - posted on 01/25/2010
It seems that the collapsed lungs or pneumothorax's don't have answers. We never knew what happened with Ethan and Rowan's surgeon seemed to think that her pneumothorax was secondary to her blockage...they didn't understand why her lungs didn't collapse under the pressure of so much air. It actually shifterd her heart and left lung to about midline in the chest. Eventually, the pressure from her blockage caused her to be stop breathing and be intubated.
Stevie - posted on 01/25/2010
Hi Tannis. We spent two weeks in the NICU. Rowan was there because she had a hole in the mesentary lining of her intestines...no one knows how come the hole was there it was a defect. Her bowel herniated through the hole sometime after 30 weeks and died. Through exploratory surgery they removed 20 inches of her bowel and she is now doing great. We loved our extended family at the NICU. I hope your experience was as good as ours and your little one is recovering well.
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