Saturday, July 2, 2011
What a relief it was when July arrived. We can finally say that Veronica will likely come home either this month or the next. Her homecoming is something I think about every single day. She still has a ways to go but we are confident she will get there. Getting off of CPAP remains the biggest hurdle at this point. Yesterday she was weaned down to PEEP 5 (the lowest CPAP pressure setting) and has tolerated the change very well. Today the doctor ordered that she be given a diuretic for the next three days to see if that will release any excess fluid in her lungs which could be impacting her breathing. She started the diuretic today and an hour later the nurse trialed her off CPAP. She only lasted 15 minutes. The fact that she is still on CPAP is nothing to be overly concerned about, but I think the doctors expected that she would have been off by now. We did too. I have to keep reminding myself that she will come off of it, eventually it will happen. But for now, we are still enjoying the newness of her open crib. What a difference it is to visit her and not have the plastic wall of the isolette in between her and us. We plan to bring the older children in tomorrow so they can visit Veronica in her new crib. I can't wait until they see their baby sister up close. They're going to love it!