Author: Lala
•Monday, July 12, 2010
Ok, I realize it's time for some updates.

Lala is doing vastly better.  Friday was not a pleasant day for her, but by Saturday she was really starting to recover.  On Friday she had an alergic reaction to an antibiotic, and her face swelled up enough that she could barely see.  Meanwhile, her blood pressure continued to be problematic.

That night she had a nurse that she really liked.  She told the nurse that she couldn't sleep with the cuffs squeezing her legs every few minutes, and the constant blood pressure monitoring was stressing her out.  The nurse stopped both of those (and had her do some walking instead of the leg cuffs), and also started her pumping.  Saturday she was rested, accomplishing something with the pumping, and the blood pressure medication was helping.  That day she got to see her babies for the first time (prior post).  Sunday, Lala put on some normal clothes and combed out her hair and began to really feel human.  Today, Monday, she's been walking to the NICU, she filled out birth certificate forms, and she should go home tomorrow.  Her mom has been staying here at the hospital the past few nights.

The babies are doing great.  They haven't needed surfactant, and their lung prognosis is officially "excellent".  They had a normal ultrasound of their brains this morning.  They are strong and like to kick their legs out and move around and generally make diaper changes and things more difficult.  But that's obviously good.  I think I've seen both of them sucking hard on pacifiers.  It seems like Mikelle is a bit more content to lie in the little containment beds they make for them, whereas Rianne tends to get her arms and legs out and not stay put.  The other day she had her rear sticking out over the wall of her bed!  Lala was saying that she's the one who's going to go to rallies with me.  I told her that Rianne and I would go to Def Leppard concerts, while she'd go to Celine Dion concerts with Mikelle.  We'll see!
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10 comments:

On July 13, 2010 at 1:10 AM , Jenny said...

So do you support my offer to take Rianne to go crowd surfing some day?

PS--I know they have a while in the hospital, but I'm interested in knowing the criteria for when preemies can go home.

 
On July 13, 2010 at 2:41 AM , Anonymous said...

It's great to hear such terrific news! We wish we were around to see them. You're doing a good job as a papa, i.e., facilitating the Mom. Love, Dad (aka Grampa) Sorenson.

 
On July 13, 2010 at 8:24 AM , Ellen Sorenson said...

Thanks so much for the update. It is marvelously reassuring to have good test results for everyone and especially to have Lala feeling herself again. Mom

 
On July 13, 2010 at 11:45 AM , Nancy Sabina said...

That is all such great news! Keep up the good work, all of you! You guys having such an in-the-end good experience gives me much hope.

 
On July 13, 2010 at 4:09 PM , Elizabeth Sorenson said...

So good to hear things are improving for Lala and that the babies are still doing well.

 
On July 13, 2010 at 6:03 PM , Anonymous said...

I thought I posted on Saturday, but guess it did not show up. So very happy for you all. We are keeping your family in our prayers. Birth is such a miracle at all times--even more so in a situation such as yours. I am so glad Lala is beginning to be able to enjoy some mothering time. Aunt Sue

 
On July 13, 2010 at 6:07 PM , Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that Lala and the babies are doing great:) Mayeth

 
On July 15, 2010 at 7:54 AM , Rebecca said...

So glad to hear updates! I'm glad that Lala is feeling human again and that you are seeing the special personalities of your little girls already!

 
On July 16, 2010 at 2:06 AM , The Editor said...

We just got off our knees in prayer for Lala and the babies' safety. Know that we are thinking of you and rejoicing in each positive step. More pictures, please!
Auntie Barb and Uncle Bill

 
On July 16, 2010 at 8:47 PM , Nina said...

We're so happy to hear that you and the beautiful babies are doing well! You are in our thoughts and prayers! :)

- Nina + Cooper