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Paul

New Layout

Well, doesn’t this look different. Let me know how you like it. I got sick of the Blogger stock template and rolled my own.If no one likes it, I’ll revert.We got a call from the doctors today; Namine will, for sure, be getting a tracheostomy tomorrow. I’m scared, but I will do whatever it takes…

Long Overdue Update

Hi, everybody. I apologize for the total lack of updates (something I promised myself I wouldn’t let happen). Since Namine came out of the PICU and into one of the general hospital rooms, she seemed to be doing better. She’d been given some feeds by mouth, and the general feeling was that she would get…

Buh-Bye, PICU

Wonderful news! Namine is out of the PICU! She’s now in a plain ole hospital room, once again with a roommate. She’s being given breast milk in a bottle now – not very often, but they’re starting her on it. So far, she’s doing wonderfully. She had 7 cc’s yesterday and 7 and a half…

Apologies, and News

Sorry the site’s been lacking updates for a little while. We’ve been… busy. To say that Namine was extubated is an understatement. On Sunday night – well, Monday morning around 1:30 – I get a call from the doctor to tell me they were extubating her. I’m confused, I say. Why can’t you guys wait…

Post-Surgery, Again

Be warned, I’ve written a book this evening. If you like text, feel free to plow on ahead. Hey, everybody. After being away from the computer for a couple days (but it feels much longer!), I have lotsa news of both my girls. First, Jessica is back home, after being in surgery yesterday and spending…

Extubation Today

The last time I updated, I told you all how the doctors thought that Namine’s left diaphragm might be paralyzed. Well, they did a flouroscopy scan, which revealed that it is, in fact, paralyzed. To clarify, it’s not actually paralyzed, but it moves in the opposite direction. The doctors would actually prefer it not move…

New Week, New Worries

So I’m back from visiting Namine. I have good news and bad news. The good news is that she’s doing really well. Her numbers all look really good. Her breast milk is still being fortified with soy-based formula, and she’s been off the lipids since around noon yesterday. She’s also doing most of the breathing…

Extubation Tomorrow

Hello again from Hospital Land!Bored? Highlight the page!Namine’s breathing tube was scheduled to be removed today (a process called extubation). Of course the doctors want her alert for this process, since its purpose is to see if she is able to breathe on her own. Toward this end, Namine was supposed to be cut off…

Post-Surgery

I’m writing today’s journal entry longhand in Namine’s new room in the PICU (and typing it out much later). She’s all situated here, and the nurse tells me that the doctors are very pleased with her progress, such as it is – so soon after her surgery. Namine still has lines in her belly button,…