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NICU/PICU

Written on: Tuesday July 3rd, 2007

A journal entry from: Elective

Bored of the usual ward rounds, we made a break for the NICU this morning! It was an eye-opener, given that as soon as we walked in, there was a young baby being resuscitated. The baby's sats (how much oxygen is being carried by the blood) were only at 20%, and when the normal limit should be over 92%, you can see just how ill this child was. The doctors had ventilated the baby, and were trying desperately to improve it's breathing, but to no avail. One doctor was performing CPR using his thumb. It was terribly sad, and Sophie and I were convinced that he was going to die, but he pulled through, only to need further resuscitation less than half an hour later. At the time that we left the bay, he was doing ok, but we will find out tomorrow what has happened since. Fingers crossed he will be ok, as he's another twin and we saw how awful it was when one twin dies the other day in a different case.

I couldn't help thinking while we were in the neonatal unit, that it was such a shame that these children were starting their lives like this. Many of them were very ill, and it was very sobering to think that most wouldn't make it. Not a pleasant experience.

There were 3 out of 4 beds filled on the PICU, and the children there were quite ill as well. One had meningoencephalitis, a complication of meningitis, at the tender age of 4. The other two had respiratory problems, and looked a little better, but still not very well. 

Tomorrow, we are planning to do surgery with Dr Chaudhary, to see how different it is over here. Should be interesting... 

 

xxx 

 

From Mum on Jul 3rd, 2007

Good luck with the surgery, I imagine it could be quite difficult to watch, bearing in mind previous experiences. Take care. Lv Mum xxx