Heath Allen 6 days old
Ricky Shane 6 days old
Sorry this is the first post since the babies were born last Monday. I will back track and fill you in on our first week of life. But, I decided to go ahead and post pictures that I took of them Sunday so everyone can see just how precious they are!! God is truly holding them in his loving arms each day for us. We have good days and we have bad days. I'll give you a run down of how everyone is doing as of today.
Quad A: Ricky Shane : birth weight-2lb. 6.8 oz today: .2lbs. 2 lb 7 1/2 oz - Ricky has been on the Jet ventilator since Thurs the 21st. This is a high rate ventilator that helps him get rid of the carbon dioxide that he was unable to blow off on his own. His blood gases have been up and down. His noon blood gases were good today. He has some dips at times in his O2 saturation. He doesn't like being messed with and only likes laying flat on his back. It may take him a minute and occasionally they have to suction him and then they pick back up. He is tolerating his 5ml feeds every 3 hrs, with low residuals. He was started back on the small bili light yesterday.
Quad B: Heath Allen: birth-2lbs 7oz. today: 2lbs. 9oz- Heath is also on a Jet ventilator and also had good blood gas this am. Heath is up to 9ml feeds every 3hrs and tolerating them well. Yesterday he got his first haircut when they had to shave a place on his head to place his PICC line (this is an IV that can stay in for a longer period of time). Heath also had 3 drops in his O2 saturation this am, he needed to be suctioned. He picks them back up on his own also just slowly. His chest xray yesterday was better, "better aeration of the lungs" .
Quad C: Steven Tyler: birth wt: 1lbs. 15 oz. today: 2lbs 3/4oz. Steven was changed yesterday from bubble cpap to a high flow nasal cannula-YEAH!! He's keeping good O2 saturation. He is now back up to 3ml feeds every hour and tolerating well with low residual. He is on antibiotics for a positive blood culture on 8-24. Today's culture came back negative. He hasn't had any bradycardia (low heart rate) or apnea episodes (stops breathing).
Quads D: Leah Grace: birth wt: 1lbs. 12oz today's wt: 1lb.14oz. Leah is on the bubble cpap at 21% O2 (which is what we breathe) and her O2 saturation are in the high 90's. Her feeds have been increased to 4.5ml every 3hrs with low residuals. She has been on antibiotics due to a low white blood cell count, but they stopped them yesterday. She also hasn't had any bradycardia or apnea episodes today either. She's been a good girl rockin along steady!