Category Archives: NICU

What’s in a name?

The minute the doctor told us I was expecting a girl I knew I wanted her to be named Sophie. To me, it was the most beautiful name in the world. It was feminine and timeless. I liked the way … Continue reading

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Going Home

Zoe´s convulsions led the doctors to believe she might suffer from seizures, but after two days of EEG exam, where the brain activity was monitored 24 hours a day, the results came back normal.  The doctors concluded that the convulsions … Continue reading

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Been There, Done That

“Zoe’s doing well but doctor Diaz wants to speak to you,” said the nurse one morning when we called to check in. “What’s going on?”  One thing was for sure: the doctors did not want to talk to you if … Continue reading

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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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