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06 Dec 08 Gwen gets strong

After three days in the NICU, Gwen has started to show signs that she’s ready to come home. The tests for infection came back negative. She has been subject to numerous blood, jaundice, cardiac and respiratory tests, and all seems fine. After two episodes of apnea, we are waiting for the results on a brain scan but she’s doing really well.

Officially, she was one day premature. Many preemies experience apnea and grow out of it in a very short time. Her last episode was yesterday morning. Fingers crossed that’s it. The hospital will probably release her 4-5 days after the last episode, so she may be home for the first time early next week.

Karyn continues to nurse her in the hospital every three hours and she is eating very well now. She’s already started putting on weight.

It will be really nice to see her disconnected from all the leads, needles and monitors, and to hold her without worrying about disconnecting her from the machine.

We’re actually pretty grateful that she’s been receiving care in the NICU since we’d have totally flipped out had she stopped breathing and turned blue at home. Everything happens for a reason, right?

Thanks to everyone for the wishes, thoughts and prayers. We haven’t had time to response to the influx of email, but know that we are very grateful for everyone’s support. We’re all doing well, just a bit tired.

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