Sunday, June 8, 2014

Kiss the Tanks Goodbye!

Calder’s pulmo said, hey, guys, let’s kick this oxygen to the curb! (okay, so not those *exact* words)

So we did! There’s a small part of me – very, very teensy tiny – that was nervous to see it go. I took some comfort in knowing that in an emergency, it was right there, next to his crib, if he needed it. Dr K knows what he’s talking about (dunno how we got the chief at Children’s Pulmonary Division but we did, and he’s awesome), so I can rest assured knowing that Calder is ready to be fully liberated, but he also told us that yes, he may need it when(ever) he gets sick … up until about six years old. This didn’t really surprise me, because I’d heard stories on my preemie moms listserv about kids being eight and winding up in the PICU because of some illness. But TODAY, we are celebrating a big milestone for Calder. Goodbye, oxygen; goodbye, nasal cannula; goodbye, loud-as-a-siren pulse oximeter!

He also gave us the green light for a little more social interaction. Still no contact with kiddos, and when in large groups, leave holding the bugger to family members, but we can go to, say, a baseball game, as long as we’re careful. The guy next to you spits every time he talks? Yup, scoot over. The woman behind you is hacking up a lung? Time to take a walk. As if I needed a reason to be more fastidious in my life, I have a child that makes me doubly crazy about germs. I know I’m not alone – the other preemie moms and I commiserate regularly about how to keep microbes to a minimum, how to still have a life, how to delicately ask someone not to touch your child – but it doesn’t make it easier. When I ask you to wash your hands and still don’t let you hold him, please forgive me. J

yes, i'm SITTING!!
a little busy here



The progress on the G-tube weaning, however, has slowed to a halt. We don’t know why, but his sure-bet, big morning PO feed is no longer so big, and his day-time feeds are hit or miss. His bedtime feed, well, that’s practically non-existent by mouth. We found out that the nurses have been stretching the 30-minute rule; their intentions are good, I think, wanting him to be able to take it all, but sometimes they would still be feeding him when I walk in from work, an hour after they started. I know they weren’t really keeping time, but they said they have to give him breaks in order for him to take it, meaning that even though they’d been at it for an hour, his literal feeding time was probably under 30 minutes. I think this got Calder into a habit of just “snacking,” taking a little bit for a few minutes and then stopping to play for 10-15 minutes, taking a little bit more, etc. Ginny told me to tell the nurses they MUST stop at 30 minutes. We’ll see her again this week and see what else she has to say.

mmm, prunes.
no, seriously, i'm a fan
Our neighbors brought by this cool little activity station that can either sit directly on the floor or be propped up on legs, and it is the first official prop that has proven to us Calder has the muscles to sit on his own, because it is the first thing that has kept his attention long enough that he doesn’t immediately try turning around or lunging forward when we take away our hands. Now, he did sorta wind up in the splits as he got more and more excited and inched his hands to the furthest point of the toy, but as I said, point made. He can sit! I think next we’ll be investing in a push toy (our PT doesn’t support the use of the walkers where they stand in the middle, exersaucers or jumperoos) that can help him get his walk on.

sweet little sleepy-head


  1. Yay yay yay, no more tanks! How exciting! :) hope he's doing well with it!

    1. Thanks, V! We were excited, too. He seems to be doing great. He still gets winded sometimes but no more than usual, and I know he loves having those tubes off his face. A much more mobile little man!

  2. Dianne MawhirterJuly 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    He is growing so much and is so adorable! When ever you are able to "get rid of things" means so much. May God continue to bless Calder and all of you.

    1. Thanks, Dianne! Yes, we count it as a big accomplishment. He may not understand the significance of the milestone but he does understand having it off his face! Thanks for your kind words and prayers. Blessings to you and your family as well. :)