Written Feb 17, 2012 7:00pm by Hillary Sirmon
Benjamin remains in the NICU and is intubated. At this point, we are not sure exactly what has caused all of this, but we are slowly and patiently waiting on tests to be run and their results. He seems to be resting peacefully and is well taken care of.
Lennon came to visit Benajamin today and was sad she couldn’t take him home. On the way out of the NICU, Lennon says, “Mom, I miss Benjamin.” She is going to be a great big sister.
K.C. and I take turns spending time with Benjamin, since neither one of us want to leave him alone. I know that tomorrow will be difficult since I am being discharged from the hospital, but we will be with him every moment we have.
Thanks so much for all of the calls, texts, prayers, and sweet messages. We truly appreciate them.
Written Feb 18, 2012 6:52am by Hillary Sirmon
Benjamin had a great night last night. His blood gases (shows lung function) are looking better this morning so we are very hopeful that his lungs are slowly starting to improve. Benjamin was placed on his tummy for the first time last night, and he loved it. His vitals not only remained stable, but improved slightly. His pediatric physical therapist mommy was very excited 🙂
This morning, Benjamin was able to taste milk. The first time we tried this, Benjamin did not respond; however, today he moved his mouth and tongue while I swabbed his mouth.
I am being discharged today, but we will definitely be staying around to keep Benjamin company. It is a very weird feeling knowing that when I leave, our “Little Buddy” won’t be coming home with us, but we know he is in great hands.
A Change in Scenery
Written Feb 18, 2012 1:33pm by Hillary Sirmon
Benjamin moved to his own little area today. I am not sure if it is because he is to have minimal stimulation only or if we are driving everyone crazy being here all the time. 🙂 It is very dark, quiet, and peaceful (other than the bells and whistles of the monitors) and it is about the only place I feel comfortable enough to close my eyes for a second. We are still waiting on more doctors and more tests, but in the meantime Benjamin is slowly working on depending less on the vent.
Long Drive Home
Written Feb 18, 2012 6:57pm by Hillary Sirmon
Written Feb 19, 2012 10:54am by Hillary Sirmon
Lennon and Isla came by today on their way to stay with Nana, Pawpaw, and Aunt DonDon. They were so excited and ready to go. I hope my family is ready for them. 🙂