Thursday, February 14, 2008

Home Sweet Home

We finally came home Tuesday evening. Abby is doing well without oxygen and seems to be feeling a little better. We brought home another contraption to add to our decor... a suction machine. It has really come in handy! Thankfully I think we are on the tail end of the mucous wars and will be returning our new "friend" soon. Although we did think it might be nice to keep it for the next illness.

On a sad note, Abby lost her front tooth last night. It was knocked loose during her hospital stay. We think it was probably injured during her intubation because her lip was pretty bloody afterward. We didn't notice the tooth being loose until we were getting ready to head home! Our hope was that it would stay put and maybe heal up and get stronger, but it wasn't meant to be. So now our 4 year old will remain front-toothless for a while... who knows how long. I've been told preemies tend to get adult teeth later than normal. In the grand scheme of things I know it's not important, but I think it just put me over the edge into feeling rather melancholy today.

On top of that we also found out last night that her J tube is coiled up in her stomach. It probably migrated during all the horrendous coughing and retching over the past 10 days. Fortunately we haven't noticed any distressing reflux symptoms, but that doesn't mean she isn't silently refluxing. In order to protect her lungs and allow her esophagus more time to heal she is scheduled to have a new one placed tomorrow. yuck. I think after this is over we are seriously going to hibernate for a while!

I thought I'd post a few pics from our stay in RM 432

Here's Daddy and Josiah playing in his favorite hiding spot!

Mommy and the munchkins.

J loved his special time with Grandma! We appreciated it too.

Daddy fixed mommy's silly hair. Mommy can't believe she's posting this picture!

Poor Abers, feeling terrible.

J enjoying cake and ice cream for Grandma's mini B-day party! He gave the biggest smiles we had seen all week.

We are all happy to be home together!