Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Happy Valentine's Day
We have had a great Valentine's Day! Today Adam and Eleanor visited their pulmonologist again. We were hoping that Eleanor might come off of the oxygen, but no such luck. They did a pulse oxymeter reading on her without the oxygen and it read 95%. Not bad, but not good enough to go au naturale. The surprising news is that Adam's read 99%! Woo hoo Adam! So the doctor turned him down to 1/8 of a liter, like his sister, and wants us back in a month. If the insurance agrees, we can do an at home oxygen test at that time instead of going to the hospital to do it. It would monitor them without their oxygen for 24 hours and then be sent to the doctor for detailed reading. He thinks that Adam might even drop the oxygen first. I was shocked, but it was great. The doctor was concerned that Eleanor might be anemic which is why she hasn't come off the oxygen yet. We had blood work done after the appointment, so we shall see. The pulmonologist said they both "look like a million bucks" (I don't think he was referring the hospital bill) and we are doing great with them at home.
More good news was the twins' weights. Eleanor now tips the scales at 10 pounds, which is a gain of 1 1/2 pounds in two weeks. Adam, as you may be able to tell from the photos, weighs 11 pounds 3 ounces! That is two pounds in two weeks. No wonder he has basically outgrown his newborn clothes. He was only 6 pounds 1 ounce, and she was 6 pounds when we left the hospital 42 days ago. I just love that they are growing. It's a good sign that they are healthy little guys.
Oh! More good news. Adam went to the eye doctor again on Friday and he is finished. All his ROP is gone and his eyes look fantastic. We will be going back to her in July to check for near-sightedness and other possible issues. Apparently, preemies often have sight in one eye develop more quickly than the other which can cause problems. Everything from here on out is fixable, eye-wise, though.
Thank you to the grandmas for the cute Valentine's Day outfits and bibs. Buying clothes that are for one day a year are one of those things that grandmas are for. They were a hit at the doctor's office.