Firstly an update on how yesterday ended. Ellie had another crash in the evening, her nurse suspects she is just not strong enough to deal with her reflux. Her oxygen requirements also crept up to 29% during the day and overnight. Yesterday evening they decided they would give her a blood transfusion overnight.
This morning I found out that the doctor was unable to get the cannula required for her blood transfusion in after 2 attempts and because she wasn’t urgent decided to leave her alone until today. At around midday they were able to get her cannula in first go and her transfusion began this afternoon. I rang 2 hours after it finished and was told she was much pinker (she has been quite pale for a while now), was only requiring 23% oxygen and her oxygen saturation was only fluttering lower during feeds. What a difference blood can make! It terms of her weight loss and reflux they are trialing her on the same prescription formula as Hannah.
Hannah’s oxygen saturation wasn’t at its best this morning, turns out she hadn’t pooed for two days. After a little motivation and a hug with Mum, she felt suddenly lighter (and smellier) than her 2.4kgs and her oxygen saturation went back to 100%. She did have to resume her caffeine yesterday after a few little minor episodes. However she successfully transitioned to 3 hourly feeds overnight and I am told is now a level 1 baby. She will probably be transferred later this week. While Hannah’s Mum is quite excited about this news and being one step closer to coming home, Ellie’s Mum is a little jealous and upset.