This one is more sad than cute. At about five weeks, Jenna rapidly declined in the NICU. We left at around 5:30 for dinner thinking she was “stable” and were called back at around 6:30 by a nurse practitioner saying that Jenna needed an emergency blood transfusion and required CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) immediately to help with her breathing and oxygen levels. Basically, the tubes that went into her nose forced air and oxygen into her lungs to decrease the work required for her to breath. It made her eyes and face swell up horribly and she was terrified. Watching her be hooked up to CPAP was one of my worst moments in the NICU with her. Her eyes were huge with terror and she screamed and screamed. She looked right at me as if to ask why I wasn’t helping her, and it broke my heart. If you follow the Wikipedia link above for CPAP, you’ll read that it’s not uncommon for patients to not follow through with the treatment because it creates extreme anxiety and the terrifying feeling that you can’t breath. It makes me sad for her even today.
I’ll leave you with a couple happier pictures of her in the NICU in posed pictures with her animal buddies.
“Hippo” is still a buddy today!
NOT thrilled with all the fuss. But she LOVED “Freddie the Firefly.”