Thursday, February 18, 2010

Life in the NICU - the monitors

The monitors will drive you nuts if you let them. All the babies in the NICU are hooked up to monitors. They keep track of their heartrate, oxygen saturation levels and Resps. They are a guide. And they aren't fool proof. It's pretty scary to watch your child's heartrate monitor flatline, but when you look down at them you know they are breathing and nice and pink. Sometimes it's just the monitor not picking it up. Or your child has squirmed so much that the monitors are now on top of each other and not reading correctly. Don't jump at all the bells and dings either. Relax about it. Yes, it is hypnotic to watch. The nurses themselves don't use those as the actual readings. They take the vitals for heart and resps themselves. So yes they are there, but they are a guide and remember, when you take your precious one home, they won't be hooked up to them anymore, you have to learn to look at your baby yourself to know what's going on with them. All in good time.

1 comment:

  1. Monitors!!! Don't you just hate them? Of course, with time you get used to it and it doesn't even phase you. Until you come home with one and you are in a new enviroment. Waking up with a heart alarm louder than a blow horn in your ear and stepping on the cat running to the crib to discover that the lead had just slipped off is just not a fun way to wake up in the middle of the night! Hopefully you don't have to! I just returned to our NICU for a fundraiser and had the oppertunity to go see my daughters old room. The moment I opened the door and heard the alarms I immediately turned around and walked out. Not ready to hear that O2 alarm just yet, or ever again for that matter.

    We were blessed with the most awesome little girl last year. She was born at 24 weeks and weighed a little over a pound. She stayed in the NICU for 132 days (141 if you count the PICU) and is now home and on her way to a healthy life!

    I started a site for our family when she was in the NICU about her day to day progress and has now turned into a site for everyone, preemie parent or not. I don't advertise or anything it's just there if anyone needs a little support through what we experienced. check it out if you like:

    Found this site on MommyBlogs just looking for other SAHMs. Hope you are doing well. The NICU can be a rough place full of ups and downs! Hang in there and I pray everything will turn out well.




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