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Bodhi's first few days of life


After the ordeal of Tuesday, here's to hoping that Wednesday will be better..

Bodhi seemed to be doing well, much to the surprise of the medical team. He was ventilated, which was expected. He wasn't requiring much oxygen support either, just the pressure into the lungs. he would move his head, arms & legs. 

I'll explain something about the oxygen so it'll make sense for the rest of our blogs. 'In Air' is a term used in the NICU, means no oxygen support. This measurement is 21% Oxygen. This is also the same amount of oxygen in the air you breathe. The amount of oxygen that can be given is from 21-100%.

Bodhi was requiring minimal amounts, most of the time less than 30%, however needed a high pressure. This was to open his lungs. Being so premature meant his lung tissue is quite stiff - not what you need for lungs. Medicine was administered not long after birth called 'Surfactant' which would help him. He ended up receiving 3 doses as his lungs were so stiff.

He had these U.V lights on his crib for a day or two as some kind of therapy, this was for 'Newborn Jaundice.' We learnt how to change his nappy which was extremely challenging considering his size and how fragile he is.

After spending all day & all night watching him, talking to him, holding his hand for 3 days, it came time for a 'family meeting.'

We now know that family meetings are not a common occurrence, they're normally occurring for extremely sick babies, but at the time we thought it was standard practice. Many parents of babies in NICU will never have a family meeting.

The first family meeting we had was with the on-service doctor who'd been caring for Bodhi since birth. His name was, Professor Arvind Sehgal. He'd been looking after Bodhi since birth and gave us a brief on how Bodhi's condition was going. Obviously, we weren't out of the woods but the early signs were ok. He told us to take this journey one day at a time - I don't think we realised just how sick and critical Bodhi was, I mean we were new parents, we had no idea! Prof Arvind mentioned that we'll need a doctor to take care of him long-term. He said he was very busy with other long-term babies and that he'll ask around the other consultants to see who was able to take over his care. Prof Arvind had filled me with a level of confidence these past few days and he's a professor, there was only 2 professors working as consultants, the rest are doctors. So I asked him, would you mind being his long-term consultant? He wasn't too sure about it and asked if we'd be happy with that. I think i spoke for both of us when I said "yes."

So that was settled, Prof Arvind will care for Bodhi for his time in the NICU. I was happy with this choice, which will later prove very handy for Bodhi. At the end of the meeting, we were told that we now need to turn our attention to the next 2 weeks as they're most likely going to be the hardest. Right they were..

Kasey was still admitted to the hospital, she was a private patient - courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy's free private health care for serving members. The protocol was 5 days post-op before discharge. Luckily, they have double beds, I was allowed to stay with her during this time. This was advantageous as i was able to help Kasey dress, shower etc whilst recovering from her C-section. Leaving the hospital on the Sunday, just 5 days after having our baby, without actually having our baby was an extreme emotion! We just wanted our son to come home with us. So began the daily struggle of seeing our son at hospital and leaving each night without him. 

 

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