This afternoon the triplets were moved from the NICU to NIM! The NICU area is for intensive care, babies who are at high risk for health issues. The NIM is part of the same floor, but is the intermediate area. Babies are still at risk, but have stabilized and continue to do well. The team of nurses and doctors remains the same. Babies should be maintaining weight, tolerating feedings, breathing room air or with a CPAP, and have at the most have a picc line. Ellery and Easton are both on room air, and Gianna is using the CPAP at the lowest setting. The babies take up one wall of the pavilion (it sounds a lot fancier then it really is). Once they begin to gain weight and gain comfort with feedings, they may possibly be moved to a smaller room in the NIM, where it would just be the three of them. The difficulty with this is that they won't move one without the others (thank goodness!) and the chances of a small room being ready for all three is pretty slim at this time.
The nurses have suspected that Gianna has a heart murmur (a vessel in her heart that usually closes within the first days after birth). They think it is probably closing, but wanted to double check with an x-ray today. We should know the results tomorrow. We pray that it is closing! It is very common for preemies to have this. There are a few medicines that are used to try and close the opening. If they do no work, the next option would be surgery. We can only hope for the best.
We are absolutely stunned by the amazing gains that all three babies have made over the last week! We would have never dreamed that we would have such relatively healthy triplets. We can only attribute this to all of the prayers, and the amazing people who work on the neonatal floor! Thank you!