After a string of progress, Taryn and I were greeted with
the downswing of the NICU roller coaster ride when we visited tonight. Calder’s pressure settings were back up to 24
and his oxygen was sitting around 50. It
sound like a drastic change but when you’re rooting for progress the
setbacks can fully ruin a day. The Dr.s
think that the PDA (Taryn’s mother's intuition at work) might be playing a part
and the docs plan to do another echo-cardiogram to monitor the size of the PDA: is it growing, remaining stable, or shrinking. While we visited Calder’s oxygen levels swung widely between de-satting
(de saturated) and hi-satting (hi saturated).
Low saturation is fairly obviously not a great idea for most major
organs, hi-satting is a bit more nefarious and was not known to cause ill
effects until they linked high oxygen levels in preemies to blindness. Neither alarm (everything beeps!) is bad but
stable is always better. He also had a "brady" episode, which means his heart rate dropped too low (bradycardia); this is considered fairly normal in preemies, but we're rather partial to it not happening.