Monthly Archives: December 2012

About Eye Surgery and New Friends

Zoe’s intestine surgery was a success and weeks later she was stable and improving.  We went over the list of things that could go wrong with preemies and checked the ones that we had already experienced: brain bleeds (check), PDA … Continue reading

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The NICU, An Emotional Roller Coaster

From one day to the other, Zoe became very swollen.  It was a shock to see her looking like a little balloon, with an IV in her scalp plus three others in her extremities.  We were reminded that this was … Continue reading

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Holding Zoe

I will never forget the first time I held Zoe.  It was February 19, 2009.  She was a month and a half old. Most NICUs encourage parents to hold their babies as much as they can, using a technique called … Continue reading

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The Zoe Movement: Blood Transfusions in Preemies

Two days after she was born, Zoe needed a blood transfusion.  Transfusions for preemies are common because blood tests are required several times a day, and although the amount of blood taken is small, the babies do not have the … Continue reading

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Zoe’s Pulmonary Emphysema

Lung complications are almost a given in preemies, because the lungs are the last organ to develop in the womb.  During their stay in the NICU, babies receive different kinds of support to breathe: the first step is typically the … Continue reading

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