Monday, September 22, 2008


I was discouraged and disappointed and frustrated Saturday afternoon when the nurse practitioner said that the Doctor doesn't want me to nurse until I've had a course of antibiotics. I had suggested this course of action to the doctor last Wed. and she said it wasn't necessary. (This was before she got the results about the second batch of milk testing positive for staph.) On Friday they had the results and it was the charge nurse's understanding that the doctor did want me to nurse. ARG!

Anyway to be told this Saturday afternoon after the urgent care clinic near us is closed and have to wait till Monday morning to see my OB/GYN to get a prescription was most frustrating. I got there first thing this morning with no appt only to find out that the doctors were in surgery and wouldn't be back till the afternoon. I gave the nurse the info from the breast milk culture so she would know what to prescribe. I finally picked up the prescription this evening only to find that it was partially filled. They gave me only 3 pills because they are out. I have to go back tomorrow to pick up the rest.

I asked the doctor today about an alternative to bottle feeding called finger feeding but I didn't make myself clear even though I described the process several times. I brought in some written info from Dr. Sears website this afternoon and hope to discuss it again tomorrow.

Good news. Emily doesn't have an IV anymore, just the PIC line. She only has one kind of medication now which she is getting with her formula.
She is 3 lbs 6 oz.


Beth said...

Thanks for the update, Jen. Sorry I wasn't available to call you back on Saturday night. So, Emily is off TPN and the lasix drip? If so, that is good progress! Are they insisting on starting the bottle, or can they just continue with the tube feeds until you are able to try the breast again? I don't see why that should be a problem as she could still get the same amount of calories. Though, it sounds like now she is pretty close to coming home once she starts eating?

Let us know more about this finger feeding if you have time.

Anyway, lots of love from Minnesota. Missing you, Elisabeth

Anonymous said...

I felt your disappointment and frustration, Jen, but your determination to carry on is so inspiring!! Love & Prayers, Mom