Monday, April 13, 2009

Look Mom, No Cords

Ding, dong, the monitor is dead!!! Or, at least, no longer hooked up to Gianna.

Last Friday we found out that Gianna has progressed enough with her apnea, that she no longer needs her tether - I mean her monitor! If I could have reached through the phone to give the nurse a kiss, I would have. As much I was thankful that only one of the triplets came home on a monitor, and it was a nice safety feature - I couldn't be happier to get rid of it! It was difficult because any time I wanted to move Gianna, I couldn't just pick her up and move her. I had to make sure all of the leads were connected well and then carry the actual monitor with her where ever we were going. I can't wait to drop it off.

We also had another eye appointment today. The triplets have had their eyes checked every two weeks since their birth. The doctor has been looking for eye diseases, especially Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). ROP occurs in babies born too early. When babies are born early the normal growth of the retina (the back of the eye) and the blood vessels may stop, and blood vessels that are not normal may start to grow. The doctor is looking for normal growth each visit. The visits themselves are long, and somewhat troubling. They have to have their eyes dilated - including at least four drops in each eye over a 45 minute, or so, time period. The doctor then takes a special magnifying glass to look at their retina. It is somewhat painful to watch and the babies hate it! I am so happy to say that today was their last visit!!! All three have reached maturity in their eyes, and are no longer at risk for ROP. We do need to go to a Pediatric Ophthalmologist in six months to have their eyes tested for any vision difficulties.
Another prayer is answered! Amazing!

1 comment:

Amber said...

woo hooo! God is good Joelee. BTW: if you ever get the hankering for another line of work, something in the medical field might up your alley. you could be the dr's translator--the one who takes all the medical jargon and makes it understandable to we humans :) I marvel at the clarity in your writing as you explain everything. so glad things are going well.