This is the best blog post EVER! I have the most amazing, miraculous, beautiful news!!!! Jimmie will be home for Mother's Day! The Doctor set a discharge date for this Saturday, May 9th! I am in awe. I almost started crying happy tears when Rachael called me with the news, but I was at the studio teaching. 0-:
Jimmie weighs 5 pounds on the nose today! Wooohooo Go Jimmie go! Thank you to both of the preemie moms who commented with encouragement and suggestions about the breast feeding and weight gain. Rachael is grateful for words from Mom's who have "been there done that".
Tomorrow Rachael and Justin will be receiving monitor training. This will teach them how to use all of the medical equipment Jimmie will be coming home on. This will include- oxygen, apnea monitor and a brady monitor. Tomorrow night they hope to room in with Jimmie. Pray there is a room available for them to be able to do that. And then later in the day on Saturday Rachael and Justin will walk out of the hospital with their baby. Praise God!
NP Susan from Anepartum (the untit Rach was in on bedrest) came up to the NICU to see Rachael and Jimmie today. She brought a card signed by a bunch of special people down in Antepartum who helped take care of Rachael during her month of bedrest. Rachael took a picture of her with Jimmie and Susan asked Rachael to be on a "short list" of Mothers from Antepartum. She would be volunteering to answer questions and offer words of encouragement. Rachael is honored to be asked. Rachael is so thankful for Susan's care for her and Jimmie. I remember Susan leaving the night Rachael was in labor with Jimmie. She was so burdened and concerned for her and hoping so hard for her labor to stop. I remember she said if it were any other night she would stay, but she had to get home to her kiddos because her husband had to work. It is people like Susan that make such a difference to patients in a very hard situation.
Carolyn- Rachael and Jimmie's nurse of choice- who hasn't been assigned to Jimmie for weeks, came in today as well. Rachael took her picture with Jimmie. I can't wait to get my hands on these pictures!
Next week is already full of Doctor's visits for Jimmie. He will be visited by an in home neonatal nurse twice a week for 2 weeks and then once a week for 2 weeks. The nurse will weigh Jimmie, check his sats and do an overall assessment. Jimmie also has an appointment with his pediatrician and another eye exam next week as well.
What a victory we have participated in for Jimmie, Justin and Rachael. Keep praying for Jimmie that he does stay on track to be discharged. You guys are all so awesome with your care and prayers! I am just so amazed that Jimmie really is going home 3 weeks before his due date. That is a HUGE accomplishent for a 24 weeker. God has blessed you little man- you truly are Small but Mighty!
With love and much excitement!!!!