NICU Quarantine—Day 30
If you can believe it (I know I can’t) it has been 30 days since Ethan was born! I can’t really say the time has gone by “quickly”, but is amazing to think about far he has come in just over 4 weeks.
The first flu screen came back negative…yeah! But the ‘Infection Control’ team is still waiting on the final NICU flu screen report results. We hope everyone (other then the confirmed flu baby of course) comes back free and clear.
So the NICU nurses and visitors are looking really hot in the yellow gowns and masks. Apparently even if the report comes back clear, the get-up will be in effect for about a week. Wearing a mask is not fun – especially since Ethan is really interested in looking at faces – and the gowns are hot and uncomfortable. But it’s worth it to keep these little guys safe!
Weight Today: 5 pounds 7.5 ounces
Some good news for Ethan is that his room air has been turned down to a 1/2 liter (from 1 liter) and if he continues to do well, will be turned off all together. He is doing great with bottles too! Since it takes a lot of energy, he only shows ‘readiness’ for a bottle at every other feeding. For one of his feeds last night he took 40 ml from a bottle (his full feed is 45 ml) and this morning he took 30 mls for me. It takes about 30 minutes for him to eat that much…it’s slow but getting more steady! We have to help him pace himself so he doesn’t forget to breathe when he gets into a sucking rhythm. He’s getting better with every feeding! We don’t continue to try the bottle past the 30 minute mark because at that point he starts to burn too many calories. Anything left over is sent down the tube.
We removed our masks last night for a quick photo op: