Monday, November 26, 2007

Poor Lily!

She has been congested since Saturday. I started using saline drops in her nose and sucking out the gross stuff with the nasal aspirator. She didn't get better and started getting fussy about midnight so I called the doctor. He said that the saline and the nasal aspirator were the right things to do and to also start rubbing Vick's Vaporub on her chest. We also got a vaporizer and put it in the room and we have been keeping her elevated. These were all the instructions given to us from the Doctor. He said that's about all we can do since they are so little and they don't give antibiotics for babies this small or young. I took her to the Doctor today just to be sure that nothing has gotten into her lungs or that it isn't RSV. He said it's just an upper respiratory infection and to continue with the home remedies we have been doing. I am so grateful that they seem to be working. It's hard when they are so little and they get sick and stuffy. I got a flu shot while we were at the doctor. I figured it couldn't hurt. I have never had one but I also never had to worry about premature babies getting every germ we bring into our world.
Breastfeeding has been put on the back burner for now until I can get these babies well. They get breast milk at every feeding but I mix formula with it also. Right now they eat 3 oz at each feeding and 2 oz of that is breast milk. I know it is tough but I am keeping at it. Oh and Lily weighs 6 lbs 7.5 oz. BIG GIRL!!!!
Mama Jean has been great. She made gumbo on Saturday and tonight she made baked chicken. I don't know what I will do when all this help leaves and I have to start taking care of all this on my own. I guess that's the real world though.

love, Staci


Dao said...

poor thing! i'm praying for her to get better. i've been strict on my no touch rule too in fear of jacob getting any germs especially during this flu season. that's great that she's grown so much and gained all that weight! jacob is still taking about 1.5 oz per feeding but he's still only 1 1/2 weeks old. hopefully he'll be feeding more soon so he can grow!

Kim said...

Poor thing! It's rough to be so little in the winter... and I know it's hard on you too worrying and trying everything you can think of to give her relief. Keep yourself healthy and strong too - it's the best thing you can do for them! Let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

Diana said...

I've been wanting to see the babies so badly but this is exactly why I haven't. Our family (and work) has been passing around cold/strep germs for the last two to three weeks. A small baby with a cold is miserable for both of you, so hang in there. It sounds like they're doing great. Keep the pictures coming for those of us who are carrying way too many germs right now.

Anonymous said...

Poor baby, I hope she gets better soon and doesn't pass it to Preston. I've been sick myself and passes it on to patrick. Take care.