mandag, februar 27, 2006

Another Inchley baby: please pray!





15/1-05 Fellesmail fra Chris

(Beklager at de første mailene kun var på engelsk, det kommer norsk lenger opp på siden)

Hi! Thursday 13th january, 12.52 pm, Mie gave birth to a little boy.

He was born 13 1/2 weeks premature (too Early). He weighed 972
grammes, or 2 lbs. The umbilical cord (navle strengen, hvis du er
norsk) fell out. Luckily Mie was at hospital already so she got
help straight away. There weren´t any contractions and the baby was
in breech position (sete leie) which meant there was less of a
chance of the cord being compressed (klemt av), which would
potentially have killed the baby, or else caused brain damage. She
was taken to the operating theatre and the baby was out within 15
minutes!

Amazingly, the baby boy was fine and stable. He was put on a
ventilator (respirator). The doctors (and me: this is what I work
with!) have been very happy so far. He has breathed a lot himself
from the start, and after one day he was taken off the ventilator.
He is larger than expected and looks a bit more mature than a baby
born in week 26: all this is positive. We're hoping and praying
that this will go well. There's a good chance of that with babies
born in or after week 26. The next few days are critical, however.

This is, of course tough on us, and especially on Mie: it's hard
for her to realise that she isn't pregnant any more and that the
little body in the incubator is her son. She is almost scared to
get too attached.

I face other problems: being a Dad instead of the
Doctor in charge, especially when this is my field. I've already
been told off for pushing buttons on the ventilator (it's the same
one I use at work: I was only checking that they were using the
right settings!). I need to learn to focus on my son, and not on
the equipment or on the treatment strategies. Also on not stressing
out the junior doctors here - woops!

Here are some pictures of our little boy, one day old. Isn't he
tiny? Strong though, a real survivor. The mask on his nose is CPAP
- it blows air under pressure in constantly to keep his lungs
blown up and make it easier for him to breathe. Much more gentle
than a ventilator!

Please pray! There's a risk of brain hemorrhage (hjerne blødning)
the next few days, and otherwise there's always the risk of
infections, heart problems and other problems. At his age,
however, it usually goes fine, and he is big for his age, which is
positive. nIt'll be a long haul, though.

He has no name other than "the boy." Weren't quite finished with
that process yet.....

Love,

Chris Inchley

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