Launch Pad

Posted on 17th December 2011 in NICU, Week 6

(This is about December 17th, but I posted it on the 19th.)

 

Today was a big day for both kids.  They have a big pile of tests they have to pass before they can go home.  Today, they passed a few of those.

When we got there, Cameron let Tanya know that he was ready for some loving.  His eating has been getting steadily better.  Yesterday, he got done eating and got put back in his crib.  While Tanya was feeding Sophia, Cameron was watching & was getting more & more restless.  In a little fit of “hold me,” he ripped out his feeding tube.  His nurse decided to leave it out until after the next feeding.  He did so much better without the tube in his nose, that he hasn’t needed it.  So, it looks like Cameron’s done with his feeding tube!

He’s really starting to look like a kid instead of like a patient…

The first test they threw at Cameron was his car seat test.  To pass this hurdle, Cameron had to hang out in his car seat for 90 minutes without having any problems.  Here’s the start of the test.  It looks pretty rough, huh?

While Cameron was in his recliner, Tanya fed Sophia.  She’s still doing better with her feedings, but she still has a way to go.  Whether or not she eats, she really loves the time with Tanya…

This is either Cameron’s “happy face” or his “pooping face.”  I’ll never tell…

Towards the end of Cameron’s car seat test, the hearing test technician showed up.  She booted up this contraption and connected a pile of wires to Cameron.  Since the kids are too young to click a little button when they hear a sound, the machine actually measures their brain waves while different sounds are playing.  Pure magic…

Here’s Cameron with his headphones and brain scanner connected…

Pass!

A few minutes after his hearing test was over, the time was up on his car seat test.  He passed both…two thumbs up!

Needless to say, we didn’t want to subject Cameron to any additional stress (because car seats are evil, so we hear).  So, the second his car seat test was over, Tanya scooped him up and dished out the love…

Except for the sand paper “soft” wash cloth he resting his face on (to catch any spit up), he was in heaven…

Sophia was next for the hearing test.  She almost looks like she’s wearing one of those World War II pilot head gear things…  “Pilot to bombardier…pilot to bombardier…”

As fun as this looks, Sophia didn’t actually mind it too much.  She pretty much slept through her hearing test.  That’s my kind of hearing test…

Pass!

The hospital staff is remarkably noncommittal when giving us info on when the kids might go home.  I understand that they don’t want to get our hopes up over something they can’t directly control, but it sure is frustrating.  We do know that there’s extremely little for Cameron left to do before he’s released.  One of the doctors called this Cameron’s “launch pad” day.  It could be any day now.

When we got home, we finished up the last few things around the house to make it ready for kids.  This included me exercising my construction skills on these two bouncers…

We’re really starting to get sick of the hospital.  I think since we’re in sight of the end, we want it to be over that much more.  He could go home as early as tomorrow!

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