Well, of course as soon as I wrote that last post Ike has petered out a bit. He's back on oxygen and is very, very lethargic. No one is as worried as I am. They say it's normal and it's really hard for these little dudes after being sedated for so long. I remember how exhausting it was trying to move around after I'd been on bedrest for so long, and how I thought I'd developed some kind of condition, or was reacting to a vaccine I had. My muscles and joints ached, I had a headache all the time, I was exhausted and irritable. Obviously, my bedrest and Ike's are completely different, but I can totally understand that he's pretty beat after a week. I get it intellectually, at least. Emotionally, it's freaking me out to see him just laying so still watching TV and barely tracking with his eyes.
He has a great couple of hours in the mornings and then he is just wrecked. Luckily, we have a "movie closet" and Nick Jr. and a PBS station that comes in nice and clear. (We're trying to broaden our horizons after watching Signing Time 6 million times.)
We just had some Complex Airway Fun Timez ™ wherein the RT came and stuck a suction catheter up his nose to tickle the back of his throat to get him to cough. Some barf and a bloody nose later he did cough up some junk, which was good, we were just hoping to not have to go to such extreme measures. Getting this kiddo to cough is tricky. He doesn't yet understand how to blow from his mouth, so the PT tricks of blowing bubbles or blowing a pinwheel aren't catching on. It helps if I can make him laugh, but he's not in much of a laughing mood, even with tickles.
After the Complex Airway Fun Timez ™, we rewarded him with a ride around the unit. (The mask is to keep him from catching anything funky hanging out in the hallway)
We are living large.