Megan - posted on 01/09/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )
Our little one was put on an apena monitor when we left the hospital after being in NICU. Nicholas has been on the machine probably for a little over 7 weeks as he is 10 weeks now. The machine i swear only goes off maybe once or twice a month except when he is pulling off his leads or they are falling off giving false readings. I swear the company should provide better leads that actually stick to the child, its seem more of a hassel to keep the leads on him than it is worth sometimes. There are days he grabs ahold of the leads five or more times to pull off, its just frustrating when you hear the machine beep like his heart rate is dropping but then to find out that hte lead is on his stomach or foot. Then all we think about is if the doctor reading the machine is going to think that is a real reading or a false reading even though the compnay and his ped doctor all say they can tell the difference because they are highly train but its always in the back of our heads if they really can.
I dont particularily like seeing him hooked up to a machine all the time but i think i have accepted that he is going to be on it for a couple months rather than the 2 weeks we were orginially told. However my husband is really getting frustrated with the idea and cant seem to look past it. He feels like Nicholas is never going to get off the machine and is always worried something is going to happen. I love my husband and i do my best at getting him to understand that our son is fine its just monitoring him but its hard when you see the machine everyday and it seems like he is never getting off. (I went through the same thing while Nick was in NICU-feeling like he was never going to be able to come home because he kept backtracking)
Does it get any easier or any suggestions to make it seem not as bad.
It seems anywhere we go we are constantly being asked by family if Nick is still on the machine, i know everyone cares it just hard to keep talking about him being hooked up all the time.