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   Monday, December 12, 2005  

Not home yet....

Quick update as Mr. W wants his computer back.

The lowercase's paperwork said he would be released Sunday. We were informed of that on Saturday morning and completely freaked out because seriously, are we really ready for that?

Then came rounds. We have a new attending for the next three weeks. She is a bit more cautious (for lack of a better word) than our previous attending. She wants to monitor his weight gain a bit longer after the change from 24 calorie formula (or calorie fortified breast milk) before sending him home.

She said Saturday the monitoring period would be "about a week." It may be less. Who the hell really knows.

He is not on any heart/lung monitors. We have begun referring to him as "Lowercase: Unplugged." So, basically he's just hanging out in an open crib, having his vitals checked at each feeding time, and being weighed once a day. He will be home sometime this week/weekend. We just don't know when. Basically whenever the new attending feels it's ok to send him home and let his pediatrician monitor his weight gain.

(Their concern with his weight gaining is due in part to his lack of body fat. Instead of gaining fat, the little guy just keeps growing longer. He is fatter than he was, but they would have liked for all of his weight gain to date to have gone to fat for insulation against the harsh winter.)

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  Comments about my post, "Not home yet....":
Glad to hear that he's thriving wonderfully though, even if a bit stubborn about putting on fat. ;)

Thinking of you three, and hoping that you're able to bring him home soon.
I'm glad to hear that he's doing well and in an open crib now. Despite how frustrated you are about the delay, perhaps it's best that he sticks around for a few more days. One of the last things you want to do is end up in the NICU's "revolving door". That would be even more discouraging.
Sounds like he's doing great! I'm glad his doctor is being cautious. So much better than erring on the other side.
Wow! What do you need to do to get ready?
A few more days will give you time to get everything ready at home. Just a few more days and you'll be bringing him home for the holidays! What a miracle!

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