Today’s update from the NICU:
Juliana had another echo to check on her ductus. It did not close during the first round of medication, so they will probably do another round. She has received no new blood, is off dopamine, is breathing room air with no additional oxygen. Yesterday, Jen used a digital voice recorder to record One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and several Bible passages. The night nurse played the recording for the girls.
Zoe had some of her osillator settings lowered and her oxygen increased to about 94%. The advantage of an oscillator as opposed to the respirator is that it is very gentle on the lungs and can achieve much greater oxygenation. She had good blood gas and is peeing well. One concern is that a little of her stomach contents came up her tube in the night. They are doing a belly x-ray because there is some concern the bowels are not moving well and they want to check if it is anything more serious. Her abdomen is soft and normal-sized so that is a good sign that it is not anything major.