Sunday, July 26, 2009

Banned from Babies

I’m writing today’s update while Joe is at the NICU visiting the babies. I am not there because I am sick. You may remember that after my cerclage procedure in June I developed a horrid intestinal infection called C-Diff that sent me into the hospital for 8 days. Well yesterday the C-Diff came back. Apparently C-Diff is quite hard to shake for good and has a high instance of reoccurrence, but I was hoping I wouldn’t fall into that category. Of course, I was wrong. I should be flattered that the universe has it out for me personally, but seriously, this is getting old. When I called my MFM this morning to report the return of the C-Diff, I believe his exact words were, “ARRRGGGGHHH!” My thoughts exactly. Anyway, he sent me to the ER for an IV of fluids and a GI consult, and I left with a prescription for my old friend Vanco. I’m hoping that since I caught the C-Diff early this time the medicine will clear it up quickly, however, until it does I am not allowed to go near the babies. Obviously, I am incredibly sad about this. Joe visited them for a good while this afternoon while I was in the ER, so we planned to try to relax together at home tonight. However, by 7:50PM, while trying to watch an episode of The Office on our Tivo, Joe started to get anxious to be with the babies and I started to sob uncontrollably over NOT being able to be with the babies, so we decided that it was in everyone’s best interest for him to go back up there to visit. I am very happy that he is there with them now, but am sad that I can’t be. Still, I am thrilled that I am the one who is sick and the babies are doing well!

Annaleigh is recovering wonderfully from her surgery. Last night they were able to move her back into her isolotte, and she is thrilled to have her quiet little home back. This morning when Joe was there Annaleigh was wiggling all about and smiling at her daddy. She seems to be feeling much better! The puffiness in her face from the anesthesia has gone away and she is her gorgeous self again.

Charlie was also full of it during Joe’s visit! Joe got to change his diaper and while doing so Charlie both peed AND pooped on his daddy! Luckily Joe found it hysterical and rewarded Charlie for his mischief with a nice snuggle outside the isolette. Charlie still has the hazy spots in his lungs, which the doctors believe to be fluid, showing up on his chest x-ray, but he received the lasix diuretic last night which has been helping with that. He is still eating his 18 ccs of breast milk and the doctors are looking for an alternative to the fortifier to give him, since he just doesn’t seem to like the one he’s been getting at all.

For once, Miss Lily Bug is being our strongest baby! Her ventilator settings are extremely low and she is hardly having any episodes. The doctors have attributed her “bad” behavior to some swelling in her throat. They are giving her a 48-hour course of steroid shots to get rid of the swelling, after which they plan to take her off the ventilator and put her on CPAP. Hopefully this time she will thrive. We know she can do it! Lily is also eating like a champ. Determined to catch up to her brother, Lily is now eating 16 ccs of breast milk at each feeding. The doctors began giving her the fortifier today as well and so far she is tolerating it beautifully.

So I may be down for the count, but the babies had a good day. Go, little ones! Mommy misses you more than words can say but she is so proud of you all!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

So glad the babies are doing well. I found your link on Jenn's cooking blog... and was happy to "chip in"!!!

Everyone should go help Joe and Brooke-- they deserve it!

http://jennyscooking.blogspot.com/2009/07/help-brooke-joe-and-their-triplets.html

Lauren said...

I'm so sad for you, Brooke, but thrilled that your munchkins are doing so well. I hope you're feeling better and back in that NICU for snuggles really soon. Let us know if you guys need anything!

Oh, and I loved hearing about Charlie's little diaper trick. :)

The Home Cook said...

I'm so sorry that you have C-Diff again and can't be with the babies. ((HUGS)) That has to be hard but it's great to hear they're doing so well. :)

Anonymous said...

Hang in there Brooke. It's hard as hell but you'll make it and the reunion will be that much more special. xoxoo

My beautiful little angels - you truely get more beautiful each day.
Be good for Mommy and Daddy - they need your strength right now...

All My Love, Auntie :) oxoxoxoxo

Doug H. said...

I'm very sorry to hear the C-Diff has returned. At least you seem to have caught it early and hopefully will be able to kick it soon.

I'm thrilled that the babies are doing well though.

We are praying for many good days in a row.

Mom2Be said...

Sorry you're sick again! Hope you get better soon! Glad the babies are doing well : )

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry you are sick. There were a couple days I couldn't go see my babies because I was sick and it just about tore my up, so I know what you are going through. I am so happy to see they are doing well. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Hang in there. They look to be getting cuter by the day. YAH 29 weeks!

Jill (mom to GBB @ 29 weeks)

The Madeira Triplets said...

Hope you feel better--good thing that you knew what it was and the importance of being seen. Thank goodness they have cameras :D I remember the first time I changed one of my boys diapers in the isolette--I was about 2 days post c-section and was having enough difficulty standing up, let alone cleaning up an isolette...anyways, the diaper was so bad it got all over everything. WOW...I laughed, and that hurt too :D

Michele from FTHS said...

Brooke, am so sorry to hear you have the C-diff again. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Joe, hang in there. Way to go, Little D's. Keep up the good work!!!

Jo Ann at FTHS said...

Feel better, Brooke, stay positive, and keep thinking ahead--think about how different things will be for all of you in a couple months, and by Christmas, and a year from now...there are better mom-and-dad days ahead, trust me.
Hang in there, Kiddo!

Jade said...

Happy 1 month Birthday!! I'm glad to hear that they are progressing and I hope you get better soon so you can go see those beautiful babies!