Jackson NICU Day 9 (03.02.12)
I'm gonna publish two posts tonight to catch everyone up to speed on today.
Last night at 11:30 pm we got a call from Jackson's nurse at St. Ann's Hospital saying that Jackson had some irregular heartbeats. They are just going to keep an extra eye on him through the night and talk with the doctor in the morning. At 8:30 am, we got another call from his nurse saying they were going to transfer Jackson to the NICU at Children's Hospital to see a Cardiologist there. She explained that through the night Jackson had 16 episodes of Supraventrical Tachycardia (SVT). Which means his heart rate went over 200 beats per minute 16 different times. At 9:30 am, transport called us to let us know they were leaving St. Ann's to head to Children's Hospital. We also left to head to Children's.
On the way to the hospital there were lots of tears. Chris and I feel very defeated today by the whole last week. We had gotten so excited that today was going to be the day Jackson was going to be coming home, that hearing he will be in the hospital for an undetermined amount of time again was just crushing to us. When we arrived at the hospital there was lots going on. Jackson was getting a chest x-ray and the nurse was drawing lots of blood work. Our poor guy was screaming his head off because it had been 3 1/2 hours since his last feeding. The nurse practitioner, Krista, came over to talk to us. She let us know that Jackson's platelets went up to 72,000 this morning. Which was good news. His sugars had been a little off again so they are going to start monitoring them every feed. She let us know the Cardiologist was going to be few more hours.
I was able to get Jackson to eat a bottle after they were done getting his blood work done and then he took a nice long nap. During that time the Cardiologist came by to talk to Chris n I and take a look at Jackson. She is going to be putting Jackson on Propranolol 4 times a day until he is 6 months old. Dr. Texter says that Supraventrical Tachycardia (SVT) is actually very common in newborns and usually there isn't a reason for it. They like to treat it with drugs and keep monitoring them as they get older. Usually they are off the drugs by 6 months. Also they noticed his Calcium and Magnesium are low so they are starting him on supplements for those.
Today has been exhausting to us but we are still hopefully our little man will be home soon. We are so thankful for our friends and family without them we would not be able to take such good care of our little boy. Everyone who has volunteered to buy us dinner, walk the dogs, given us gift cards for gas you have no idea how much those little things have helped!