Last night Hannah was transferred to a Neonatal ICU. Her condition was not deteriorating, but it wasn't improving either. The hospital we were at is a good facility, but did not feel comfortable keeping her in case she did take a turn for the worse. (These pictures are from the hospital before we knew we were being transferred.)
I hated to have that be a necessity, but, having had Abby in the NICU, I knew it would be a good thing in the long run. We haven't been disappointed. Here is a basic rundown:
- I was able to get myself discharged soon after finding out Hannah would be transferred. We were also able to arrange for Abby and Briton to have one more sleep over at friends' homes. We are so grateful that they have been so well cared for by such willing and trusted friends.
- The Sparrow RNICU transport team arrived sometime around 6 and got her all ready for her 7 minute ambulance ride (no sirens or lights). Here she is in her fancy transporter - complete with seat belt.
- Mike and I arrived shortly after Hannah. The unit was in the middle of shift change so we got to wait an hour or so to see her. Hannah happened to be the third member of our branch (church) to be in Sparrow Hospital for the day so the branch president and counselor were making the rounds. We appreciated them tracking us down and visiting with us for a while while we waited.
- We talked and texted off and on with our friend Stephanie who works in the NICU. She has been great to have as a resource and source of help/comfort (as have many other friends and family members). Thanks! She made sure we got a great nurse for the night.
- The nurse and the doctor told us that they'd be putting Hannah on the ventilator and putting in an umbilical line. She also got a dose of surfactant for her lungs. Mike was thrilled because they let him/us watch some of the procedures. Here she is getting ready for the umbilical line.
- We got home sometime between 11-11:30 last night, slept in our own bed, woke up and got Briton from across the street. I went in to the hospital. Mike and Briton picked up Abby, did the grocery shopping, etc. Now Mike is at the hospital. This is me saying good night:)
- Hannah had a quiet night last night and her morning was good as well. She is slowly being weaned from the oxygen levels on the vent. She got some blood to up her hemoglobin (?) levels to help keep her oxygenation levels where they should be. The doctor on rounds this morning thinks that the big problem has been pneumonia. She'll continue to get antibiotics for a while. She might get another dose of surfactant and hopefully will be off the vent within the next couple days. She is looking and acting much more comfortable!