We talked to the doctor this morning because to us it seems Grace should be home. The doctor explained that she needs to be taking in 80% by bottle/breast and then she can move to "ad lib" which means eating when she wants to eat rather than scheduled. They are also watching to make sure she is gaining weight. Today she is at 7# 1.2 oz which is her birth weight.
The biggest thing for Grace is she wants to sleep. And she often doesn't wake well to eat. Again, she made a bit of progress in taking 51 cc from a bottle this morning and when I fed her at 2 pm she ate 62 cc. That is above her goal! But she is not consistent and when trying to feed her at 5 pm she took 1/2 hour to barely wake up and then she ate only 24 cc again so back to gavage feeding. It didn't help that she had been wide awake for an hour after the first feeding.
Rotation of the attending doctor was today so we no longer have Dr. Konduri. The new doctor pushed to get us moved as John explained how hard this is coming down every day and shuffling our children around from place to place and not being able to bring them. So we were able to move Grace up to the Progressive Care unit this afternoon. We were thrilled!
Grace was in the A Pod which contains 6 small rooms that close off with a curtain. John said it was more private than at St. Joseph's though. The nurses sit in the small hall outside of each room.
What two weeks ago and even last week was a NICU room filled with equipment is now empty.