Thursday, August 19, 2010

Notice anything different???

Juliet is EXTUBATED! No more ventilator!!! (The tube in her mouth is a feeding tube, but we have not started feeding her yet.) She has been breathing on her own since yesterday morning. She's been doing pretty well with it. Sometimes, babies have to transition to something called CPAP first, but Jules went straight to a high flow nasal cannula. (That's a good thing!) :) As you can see, she was hiding some giant cheeks under her Neo-Bar. Did you really think one of our babies would NOT have chubby cheeks?

She had 2 tests over the last 24 hours - a head ultrasound and an echocardiogram. The head ultrasound remained normal (this is is 4th normal brain scan). The echo showed a large PDA. This is an opening between the 2 sides of her heart. All babies are born with one, but they typically close on their own shortly after birth. She was treated for this during her first week of life, but it has since re-opened and is larger. I met with the pediatric cardiologist today. She is going to do another echo tomorrow and then decide if she thinks surgery is indicated. If Juliet does need surgery, it will be done in the NICU, but Jules will need to go back on the ventilator for a few days. I'll keep you posted on that one...

Thanks for your continued prayers and positive thoughts.


  1. Glad to see the ventilator out. She certainly does have chubby cheeks! Also glad to hear that the head ultrasound was good. Hoping that PDA will close up on it's own and surgery won't be necessary. If so, I pray that all will go well. She has been through so much already. She'll be a "toughy" for sure when she gets through all this. Hoping and praying for all the best. Keep us posted. Love you all.

  2. Love and miss you. You and your little Angel are never far from my thoughts. I hope surgery isn't needed, but she's proven to be a tough little cookie so far! Can't wait to meet her and see you soon.