Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Day 9 - Blood transfusion

Well today wasn't a "good day" but it could have been a lot worse. The NICU called Pam about 10am to get approval to give Riley a blood transfusion. This isn't that out of the ordinary, but still was a little scary since they hadn't ever called us at home before. They said her blood count was a little low so they needed to give her some additional blood. Basically, your body consumes blood but usually produces it at the same rate. Before full-term, babies are not able to produce the blood fast enough, but usually get supplemented from the mother. In premature cases, its typical they will need transfusions at least a few times before they are full-term.

Other than that, nothing else really new today. They changed out her IV and put a more permanent one in her left hand so they don't have to keep moving it every few days. Feedings have been increased again to 7.5 mL, 8 times a day, but it seems every time they do that she starts spitting up so it could keep fluctuating until they find the right medium. Her weight didn't change today, so still holding steady just under 1kg (2 lb 1 oz).


  1. Sounds like even though some procedures and adjustments are being made, she's still doing well! She is one strong little girl and will keep fighting until she can come home and relax! Just over a week until I get to come home and see her! Love you all!
    Auntie Nikki :)

  2. It was good to see you and your baby today. Thanks for showing her off. She looks really good -- just so tiny. We are praying for baby Riley every day. I get Larsen on here sometimes to show him pictures of the tiny baby Riley. He likes to see her and hear about her.