Kate was at the hospital all day and didn't enjoy watching the whole process of extubating the boys and putting them on the CPAP. The other thing that adds some anxiety to the mix is after they (the respiratory people) were done doing what they do, the alarms started to go off. Alarms have become a familiar sound. Whenever the boys' heart rate, oxygen saturation, or respiration (breaths per minute) get outside of their set parameters, the alarms go off. They could be good alarms, or bad alarms, but they are alarms. A few of you may know that I have never met an alarm clock that I cannot sleep through...for hours. I set an alarm clock to wake Kate (or in years past my parents and roommates) up so she can wake me up...just one of at least a billion things that I am sure she loves about me...but these alarms are different. I cannot get a crossword puzzle done around these things much less one wink of sleep. Something about them being directly related to our sons that make them a little more nerve racking. Needless to say, when they put the boys (especially Wes) on the CPAPs, the alarms were ringing ALL day long. Kate is ready for some quiet!!
I made it back to work today, and it really went well. I certainly missed being around the boys and Kate, but my co-workers made it an easy transition. Granted, I did not get a lot of work done between sifting through 100's of emails and catching up with people, but I was really dreading it and it was not so bad. Thank-you to everyone who said a little prayer for me today.
We are super happy that the doctors feel that things are going well enough to try and turn the boys' world upside down. So far the results have been mixed. Please pray that Max can continue to keep himself oxygenated and breathing well with the hybrid setup he is on now, and pray that Wes can recover from his busy day and continue to ween down on his oxygen dependence.
Oh, I almost forgot...it is safe to say that the boys' guts are officially "primed". Wes followed up his earth shattering BM with yet another today...and his mom got to change it for him!! Kate said it was beyond comprehension that it came out of his little body. The nurses were all astounded, too...which makes his dad very proud!! Max made a little mess as well, but I had to change that diaper so it wasn't nearly as cool. They are doubling the amount of breast milk they give the boys tomorrow, so we are hoping that they tolerate that well...and keep pooping when only Kate is around!!