He’s still up and down on maintaining his body temperature, but we’re getting there. He’s a healthy 4.5 pounds – which means he’s gained a whole pound.
Small victories, right?
I enjoyed some Luke love this morning and he was wide-eyed for most of it. It’s as if he’s looking around the room saying to himself, “Soooo, this is where I’ve been all week?” And then he goes cross-eyed. Me too, buddy. Me too.
If there is some silver lining, I saw some more of it today. Scott and I have been able to sneak away from work and the hospital at lunchtime and relish in some sans kids lunches. Luke has given us that gift. Not the way I envisioned, but it’s certainly a welcome perk from the NICU crazy.
During rounds this morning (and then again this afternoon), I had the chance to meet another really great neo, Dr. Hodges. He followed our case before we knew who he was, courtesy of my college roomie, and he was so gracious and kind. Reminded me of my other favorite neo, Dr. Michael. Dell has this initiative, family-centered care, that they’re employing and I absolutely love it. Every morning the doctors, nurses and staff do rounds to each room at Dell. We hear all about his blood gases, CBC levels, drug infusions and urine output (hey, we’ve learned if you’re peeing, that’s always a good sign). Who knew? The neo really asks for everyone’s input, we make the plan for the day and then they always ask us if we have any concerns or questions. The unit NEVER closes for shift change, we can always page a nurse or neo for a consult and we really feel a part of Team Luke. If ever you have to be in the NICU, Dell is where you want to be. They have it going on.
Being married to a fundraiser, there are some things you just notice. Two things really stood out to Scott and I upon our admittance to Dell. The room we stayed in and the room where Luke resides were made possible by some very generous donors…and it got us thinking. I wonder why they gave? I wonder what their connection is to the NICU? So we asked. And we were humbled. Man, the generosity of people and their connection to such a special place continues to amaze me. To the Cockrum and Berlowitz families…there will never be enough thanks. Ever.
We came back home for flag football practice and dinner, then back to Dell for our goodnight kisses. That really is some amazingly powerful time. The NICU isn’t nearly as nuts as during the day, it’s a little quieter and we find ourselves enjoying the reflection time.