In the NICU world, "rooming in" is a one- (or two-) night stand that parents have with their babies before going home. You stay overnight at the hospital essentially parenting your baby with very little help from the nurses. When we thought Mira was going to need oxygen at home, our rooming in experience was going to include learning how to work the tank, get the oxygen levels right, monitoring her pulse and oxygen levels, etc. Thank God for my little trooper, we don't need oxygen.
But I digress. So I get the call on Saturday afternoon that we need to talk about a going home plan and that doctors want me to room in with Mira on Sunday night. If all goes well, she will be released on Monday. It all felt like too much too soon (one would think I should have been prepared since this is really all I've ever wanted). But before I tell you how it all went, I'll give you an update on Mira from "head to toe" as her doctor would say:
- She was born at 1 lb, 14 oz, she left the NICU at 5 lbs, 10 oz - what a plumpster!
- She came home about nine days before her original due date...she would have been born next Wednesday had she held on a little longer.
- Remember that hole in her heart? Well, according to the last scan of her heart, that pesky hole is almost gone. I believe the words the doctor used were "so small they can't measure it." All the prayers from all over the place worked and I really appreciate it.
- Mira got her groin hernias repaired which, oddly enough, helped her breath better.
- She had a hemorrhage on her brain that dissolved and is no longer present
- She passed her hearing test with flying colors (she's going to need those ears with a mama like me)
- She did well getting all of her immunizations (no major setbacks)
- Lungs are doing well, still developing though
- She's struggling with lots of reflux these days, but we hope it will resolve itself
|Ok, so YES this dress is a bit much! And I think Mira is embarassed that her mom made such a big deal of her ride home.|
|Proud parents of a little miracle...we made it home!|