welcome to wednesday my 7lb 1oz little bird!!! (i'm pretty sure that's largemouth bass size uncle randy. :)
it wasn't a very good day for her today though. she had her synagis shot, as well as a blood draw to check her sodium levels. both went off without a hitch, but left her pretty pooped out. (sodium and potassium levels were fine. they worry about these because of the diuretics. babies on oxygen have to be on diuretics. don't ask me why- they just do. so, anyway, she went home on the diuretics, but not on any electrolyte replacement. they just wanted to make sure everything was ok- and it was.) i did find a pro-vaccination point: mommy break. she slept all afternoon. we both got to take a nap- mommy needed one more than she did. maybe i should do this every few months...hmmm...
yesterday her mouth exploded in white yeasty nastiness. she had a bit of white on her
tongue before we even left the nicu. (about 15 days ago.) i asked around about it, but they told me that i would have it on my nipples as well if it was something to worry about. apparently thrush is something to be lovingly shared between mommy and baby. well, it wasn't getting worse, and it seemed like it was just after eating, so i assumed it was milk related. then... yesterday... oh.. my poor baby! it's covering her little mouth, around her lips, and even on her cheeks! talk about guilt. (i'm sure this is just the first of many errors along the caring for kids way.) so, apparently i have yeast resistant super nipples. still no signs of thrush on me. weird. i'm yogurting up anyway. the probiotics can only help. (and yes, i mean topically applying yogurt to affected areas.) they Rx'd her some nistat... in a cream for her bum, as well as a liquid for her mouth. i've just taken to dipping the bink in the stuff and giving it to her.. she spreads it around and it's easier to get her to take it that way. i hope it offers her some relief. her eating has been a little off for the past 24 hours or so... i suppose it's because eating has got to be stinkin' uncomfortable. in the interim i've been pumping and giving her bottles... that way i can sanitize them to prevent recontamination. i've also been switching the dummies every few hours or so. ( after a bit of nistat.) i use the bottle warmer every day. anyway.- it's super convenient.
i looked for gentian violet, and wasn't able to find it so far. apparently it's been linked to cancer when used in large doses for extended periods of time... but according to my best friends at the FDA there has been no significant link as of yet. i plan to use it.. just use it sparingly. i'm also going to get some teeny little baby probiotics... we'll see what i come up with.