It’s been a busy 24 hours for me.
This is what I look like without any tubes, wires, or leads. It was the first time Mommy saw me in my natural state. She was very happy and quickly grabbed her phone while I posed.
Yesterday, Mom told you about the things I need to do to leave the NICU and go home. Well, I crossed #1 and #2 off the list.
#1/Remove IV line: The nurse took this out at 0600 on Tuesday morning. Hopefully this means I won’t be as susceptible to infections. It feels so good to have my belly button back.
#2/Wean Off Forced Air and Oxygen: Well, we took the plunge yesterday afternoon, went cold turkey, and took off the nasal cannula. My nurse Trudy believed I could do it and gave me a chance to prove it. I’ve done very well without the extra respiratory support. Sometimes, my oxygen levels go down while I am eating but they quickly recover. As a cardiac baby, I am supposed to stay above 85 on the pulse oximeter. But I am often times above 92, which is the threshold for normal babies. That’s because I am a fighter. #BeckyStrong
I am still working on feedings which are terribly exhausting. I need to take my full amount of food. So, what I don’t finish in my bottle, goes down my NG tube. The nurse had to place this yesterday. I understand it helps me keep growing but it isn’t my favorite thing, at least while it is being placed. Obviously.
Shortly after this photo was taken, I managed to pull it completely out in protest.