Jen and I got home about 3PM after visiting with the girls at the NICU. Zoe had some fluid buildup in her tissues, but she is “peeing it off” today. They tried several times to get an arterial line in, but were unsuccessful today. They will try again tonight or tomorrow. Her blood-gas is good and so is her blood pressure. Juliana had a chest x-ray which showed excess moisture in the lungs. She is receiving a diuretic to hopefully push some of the fluid out of her body and out of her lungs. Her blood-gas is borderline, so there is a chance the doctors may put her on the oscillator just to help her exhale the excess carbon dioxide in her lungs. PICC lines have not yet been inserted in either baby, but should happen soon. The expiration date on their umbilical lines is almost up. After 8-10 days, the risk of infections goes up considerably. Mom is resting on the couch and visiting with her best friend Alita and Alita’s son Zach.
Update: Zoe is stable. Juliana was moved off of the ventilator and on to the oscillator. She was having a little trouble expelling her carbon dioxide, so this should help tremendously with that. They will be adjusting her settings throughout the night to make her comfortable and stable.