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August 23rd, 2011, 02:49 PM
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For Jim, desats were the thing that kept him in the hospital at the end. At 34 weeks, he was doing everything else he needed to do--feeding great, keeping his temp up, growing like a weed, no more jaundice--but he kept on desating. Finally at about 35 1/2 weeks he managed to stop doing that, and we brought him home at 36 weeks 2 days (he had to go 5 days with no desats before they'd let us bring him home) but I remember being exactly as frustrated as you are now while we were waiting for that to happen.

One thing that helped was figuring out that there were things triggering desats. For Jim, it was loud noises while he was eating--it's like it stressed him out too much to hear loud things AND at at the same time, and he'd use up so much energy eating and stressing that an hour later he'd desat. Having it super quiet made a big difference. Also using the lowest flow nipple they had on his bottles, he'd desat if they fed him too quickly. I would never have figured that out, but luckily we had some BRILLIANT nurses who put it all together for us.
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