Tuesday, January 29, 2008
SHE weighs 6 lbs 15 oz and is 19 inches long.
Healthy and cute! No name yet.
Jon and Kim are tired but oh so in love...
More pictures and details to follow :)
Saturday, January 26, 2008
You go girl!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
We are still waiting for the baby to make its appearance. It will be any day now! And I may be biased but I think their baby is going to be the prettiest one on the block!
Special thanks to Shannon Lott for spending the afternoon with us! She captured the best images and you can see how much Jon and Kim love each other in them. You can see some of her amazing shots on her blogsite... http://shannonlottphotography.blogspot.com/
This picture I stole from Shannon's site
I was trying to stay out of the way but captured a few shots of my own from a different angle.Can you believe that she is term? Due today!
The amazing Shannon in action!We made Kim climb up on this post - it was pretty funny and she was a tropper about it.I think Jon is in love with the baby already.We then asked some stranger to borrow her horse for a few pitcures.
Can't wait to meet you little baby!!!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
A snippet of today...You know it is going to be a bad day when:
- you walk on to the unit and look at the board and you are starting with 15 patients on the board, 4 scheduled C/S's to be done and induction patients waiting in the waiting room plus more scheduled to come in
- there are no empty LDR's so the induction patients complain about their room (hey -they are lucky to even get put to bed!)
- You are assigned to a patient and while you haven't even finished your morning "huddle" the call light goes off and you hear, "I need help in here!!"
- You go to your room - only to be met with a patient on the bathroom floor and a nurse trying to review her - great start to the day!
- You get the patient awake...and with help get her on a guerney only to find out that her head is at the foot part and her feet are at the head part - UGH! Now you can't evelvate her head. Oh well - just cope, get her stabilized and moved to the postpartum unit
- You transfer the patient to find there is no IV pole - oh well - cope again and hang it on a hook in the closet.
- Come back to your own unit and there still are no beds but you need to find somewhere to put the next patient.
- You assume a patient and get her an epidural - she goes to complete and the doctor says, "I have more patients to see in the office. Can she wait?"
- Finish that delivery and finally get lunch at 3pm
Then it finally started to slow down as we got all of the patients delivered. I think we did 14 deliveries again today. We left the night shift with only 5 patients on the board and what do we hear from the night shift..." oh what a nice board - did you guys have a good day? :) ! NO! We were crazy busy again. My only hope - they don't call me tomorrow on my day off!!!!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I'm just proud of her for getting in! She is so eclectic on what she wants to major in that she will be in school for ever trying to get all of the degrees that she wants!
She is gone for the next few days too - at some Film Academy weekend (5th Annual Student Television Network Convention) www.studenttelevision.com/convention/convention.html at the Disneyland Hotel. Only 2 kids from her high school were selected to go. Hopefully her films will do good.
And on the baby front - Jon and Kim had a Dr's appt. - she is 1cm dilated....Jon's comment was: "that baby just loves it's mom so much that it won't come out!" So we wait...
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Being reminded of how fragile life is does make one stop and think... I had conversation with my parents as we drove to the funeral about what they wanted for their services and where they wanted to be buried (here in So. Cal or Ohio). I didn't get a whole lot of real answers from them...but my dad did comment on how Ginny's services were so nice - not without hope, not with lots of crying or wailing, not with just an empty death...but of a celebration of a life well lived and of the promise that Ginny is in Heaven - called by her name by Jesus to go there. Where people were reminded that this isn't the end, but just another step to eternity. I think that is what my dad wants - to reassure those that come to celebrate his life that it isn't as sad and horrible as people think - but a passing to a better place.
I also stopped to think - what do I want....of course I want that type of promising service...and I would like - flowers (don't know why, I just think they are lovely), and I think I need to be in more family photos in case a slide show is made (I tend to be the photographer not the photographed), and I want lots of people there (again I don't know why since I won't really be there). I guess as I stop I think...I want to know that I've made a difference in this life, that I've touched people, that people won't forget me, that people will say I was 'good and right', that patients will come, that there will be lots of baby pictures in my slide show, that people will be happy as they think of me.
It is sad to think that we spend so much time rushing around doing useless things and working so hard for things that we can't take with us. I saw people at Ginny's funeral that I had not seen in years and it does make one stop and ponder...."what is really important in this life?" I want people to be important to me and to try and live a life that will make Jesus say "well done my good and faithful servant".....
May you rest in peace Ginny and I will see you again someday!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I didn't think I'd ever live to see the end of the day but that is how many babies we had yesterday. And amazingly not a bad thing happened, no nurse deliveries, it actually flowed quite smoothly and everyone got lunch! I sure got tired of hearing the phone ring..."I need Dr. so & so", "my patient is complete", " I can't take care of that other lady now can you watch her?", "My patient is going to the section room", "I need a table!". The best part of the day was seeing the night shift show up :)
So today my legs ache and so do my ankles - I think I may be getting too old for this job!
On another note...Jon and Kim called - they had another ultrasound done...they saw the face (baby is head down), the kidneys, the stomach, the placenta has a few white spots (aging) but her fluid level is 18 (very good - means the baby is healthy and the kidneys are working which means the placenta is working). But no - they still don't know the sex - we'll all find out the day the baby comes! Which is any day now... What a cute baby they are going to have!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Or you see your neighbor and arrange for her to be in with her daughter during her C/Section and then get to see the child as it grows since the family lives right by you...
but the place also has its down side...
Say you need to deliver preterm twins - so you get the C/section organized and get everyone there who needs to be there. You know the babies will need some assistance for they are going to be born early. But hey - St Joseph is connected to a children's hospital by an underground tunnel so the babies get good care and the mom is close and can visit. Nothing to worry about - Right? That's what I thought - until the twins didn't come out so good and the next thing you know we are doing full on resuscitations on both babies. I happen to go in with Baby "A" - see that they are putting a tube down to help the baby breath when I hear "No heart beat - start compressions". Whoa - wait a minute...this isn't supposed to be happening. I have to stay and help, I start drawing up the medications that I think the doctor will ask for - sure enough he does and we continue...when someone from the other room (people working on baby "B") come in and say - "Dr. we need your help next door - the baby is coding". Oh God - what else can go wrong?!?!? How do I get more staff when there are already so many people here? So - I do the first thing that comes to mind and call for any neonatologist stat to L&D...people show up, the resuscitations continue. Both babies survive to get transferred then I looked around the rooms...boy, what a mess I have to clean up - papers, syringes, medications, tubes, bags, blankets, just stuff all over the floor. But that will get cleaned up in a minute - for now I have another patient to get on the section table...
Oh and don't forget to smile at the next patient who knows nothing about the drama you've just lived through.
Later someone commented to me how calm I was during the resuscitation - how I knew the medications and how to draw it up. Was I calm?? NO! My heart was beating so fast and I was so scared that I wouldn't be able to get what the doctors needed. So I thought about it afterwards. How can I do it?? I guess I just get in my zone - and never, never look at the babies face...just do what I have to do - for if I look at the baby and think about the fact that we are doing compressions on a little 3 pound baby then I may just sit there and cry. So don't look! Do your job, stay focused..then crash later.
We talked about it yesterday - after it was all said and done - to see what we could have done better, what we did well. General consensus - "We need a drink!" It is times like these where I wonder what am I doing?? and is this job worth it?? The amazing thing is, is that we always go back. But I sure am learning to take time out too - to say I need a day off to regroup and to value the health of my own kids and family. It really puts things in to perspective....
Thursday, January 3, 2008
The Ten Steps To Successful BreastfeedingThe BFHI promotes, protects, and supports breastfeeding through The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding for Hospitals, as outlined by UNICEF/WHO. The steps for the United States are:
Maintain a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
Give infants no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated.
Practice “rooming in”-- allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
Encourage unrestricted breastfeeding.
Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.
Aren't babies just the cutest things??