Saturday, September 5, 2009

A Tale of Two Posts

What follows first, is the blog post I had written out in my mind last Wednesday. (Come on, I know I'm not the only one that writes out posts in my mind while an event is going on.)

On Wednesday, the babies had their 2 month well check. They are growing by leaps and bounds. Brady was 10 lbs. 2 ounces. Carter was 10 lbs. 1 1/2 ounces. Uncorrected for their age, they are in the 20th percentile for weight, which is awesome. They are growing so much, in fact, that the doctor told us it was time to go off the preemie extra-calorie formula and we can now get the much cheaper regular calorie formula.

They both got their immunizations, and I only cried on the first round. I was much more put together when we got to the second baby. I always hate having to hold them down while they get shots.

Overall, I was glad to see that they are doing well. Carter still has his same old issues of oxygen and the apnea monitor, but it is progressing. I am glad to see that they are both happy and healthy and progressing the way they should.

Okay, and here is the second post from that day.

Eariler that morning, Carter seemed to have a bit of a stuffy nose and a really low grade fever. At the doctor's, he didn't have a fever, so they went ahead with the shots. But, after we came home from the doctor's his monitor started going off like crazy. It had been probably 3 weeks since he had had any apnea episodes, and from the time we got home from the doctor's until Dan got home from work, his monitor probably went off 25 times. He also spiked a fever of 101. So, off we went to the emergency room.

They kind of freaked out over the fact that we had a newborn under 3 months with breathing problems and got us right back. They ruled out RSV, flu, pneumonia. And then sent us across town to a hospital with a pediatric ICU. Carter and I had our first ambulance ride.

After two nights of monitoring, it was basically decided that he had a cold. They assumed that his apnea episodes were a result of that and adjusted his caffiene levels. They sent us home. Carter is fine. We just keep him suctioned and are using a humidifier.

I however did a little digging around the internet and found THIS about apnea in preterm infants after immunizations. I am convinced that this is what we were dealing with and look forward to our appointment with the pulmonologist on Tuesday so we can talk about that.

Again, Carter is just fine. It's really only a cold, and he hasn't had any more epsiodes of apnea either.


Hart Family said...

I'm so glad everything is ok and Carter was able to come home so quickly :) Have a happy Sabbath!

Tresa Fowler said...

Yikes! When I read about Carter having to go to the ER, my heart started pounding. So glad that everything is fine and he is home now.

Brit said...

I'm so sorry about your hospital visit! I'm glad everything is ok. That's great the boys are gaining weight so well. Yay!

Camilla said...

Very scary! Glad he's (and you) are okay.

amanda said...

I know now why we are such great friends! I am the same nerd! I would have found that same article to explain what happened! I love ya Angela and I am glad he is doing better!

Kelsey said...

I cant believe you didnt call me to help with Ty! What did you do with him the whole time? You have to utilize me, chica!

Crystal said...

I'm so glad he is ok! Babies and ER's are a horrible mix! That is great they are both doing so well. They are just too cute!!