updates from the bradfields

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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04 Dec 08 ICU – but you can’t see me

So, we had a bit of a set back getting Gwen home from the hospital. The morning after she was born she was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Her white blood cell count was high and rising; the sign of a potential infection. A preliminary test today came back negative so we’re hopeful that all is well, but wont know until Friday evening. She also had an episode of apnea early this afternoon which was a bit scary. We weren’t there, but she turned blue and had stopped breathing. Apparently this is somewhat common with kids that are premature, and she was on the cusp of being premature, born at 36 weeks gestation.

Karyn came home this evening but Gwen remains in the hospital until she is in the clear. The doctors don’t seem overly concerned so we’re hopeful that she will come home this weekend. If complications emerge, she will be in the hospital for an extended stay, depending on her condition.

It’s been a bit hard on Marley as she really wants to meet her baby sister.

We’ll keep you posted via the blog. Feel free to email or comment with questions and we’ll reply as time permits.

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