So I was sitting with a fussy David last night rocking him and looking at Mary Louise silently begging her to wake up. I saw her little arms flailing overhead as if she was finally awake and stood to look at her. She was red down one side and the heater on her radiant warmer was still heating at 100% (it is supposed to adjust with her body temp). The nurse had repositioned her and forgotten to reposition her temp probe so she was lying on it. Now, usually if this happens, the baby gets cold because the probe is under a blanket or a warm body and there is a false high reading. However, in Mary Louise's case last night, for some reason the machine thought she was cold and was therefore heating her up to a nice vibrant red.
I repositioned the probe and took her temp with my free hand- all with David in the other arm. Mind you no nurses (especially not hers) were to be found. She was way over normal temp. My baby was cooking while I was sitting right there!!!
The probe re-read her high temp and finally alarmed and a few minutes (I did say minutes) later the nurse sashayed round the corner to find me glaring in her direction over my red baby while putting my cold hands on her little arms to cool her. I finally told the nurse she was overheating and the probe had probably gone bad. SHE ARGUED WITH ME! Ha - even though it was quite apparent to any moron that Mary Louise was in fact hot and her temp was in fact high, the nurse argued with me and said it shouldn't be necessary to move the probe everytime she moved Mary Louise. That that simply was not how the warmer worked. I said that regardless, she was overheating.
Long story short? that stupid pain in the ass nurse argued with me once more when the damn warmer started to heat her again. So Brent and I stayed there most of the night to do nothing more than watch over our little ones.
She is still on the vent today and I am sitting in the waiting room typing this during their shift change. I was just told by the nurse that the residents are in charge tonight and they "don't want to extubate her". Fantastic - another brawl's a brewin'.
P.S. little david is doing about the same. Much fussier today than yesterday but has been able to sleep quite a bit as well. He took all of his bottle this morning with me (did the same yesterday) but the evening bottles seem to be what gives him the most trouble - we'll see how he does tonight. He is still having blood in his stool and they sent cultures off this morning. I don't even want to think about a positive result and all the fantastic treatments that go along with it. Will let you know though (of course)...