The Scariest day of my life
The NICU had a policy that they offered infant CPR training to everyone, but especially recommended it to anyone who was taking someone home on a monitor. The person who did the training assured us that in the ten years that she had been doing this she didn’t know of anyone who had to use it. Well that was about to change….
Baby A was home for a day, and that second day he had his first well visit at his pediatrician. The other two had weight checks around the same time, so they were all loaded in the van, with my wife, and two other helpers since I was back to work.
They were part way to the doctors when his monitor started to beep. This was the first time it had ever gone off, so my wife looked over, and she described him as blue. She immediately had the van pulled over, and pulled him out of the care seat and began to stimulate his back, but the monitor kept going off. She began to give him breaths, while the one helper (Great Grandpa) dialed 911.
She said she is really not sure if his heart ever stopped, the monitor only every showed a breathing alarm, she was too shaky to check for a heartbeat, but he had definitely stopped breathing, or was not breathing deeply. Once the ambulance arrived they put him on a c-pap and rushed him to the closest hospital where I met them.
When I got there he was crying, and it was the best sound I ever heard. Once he was stabilized, (which once he was there did not take long) he was life lioned (he got to ride a helicopter before I ever did) to MS Hershey Children’s hospital where he was admitted to their PICU. They rechecked his heart, and his lungs all which looked good. They only thing they found was that his blood cell count was low, and they gave him a transfusion.
That next day he was moved to their intermediate care unite, and was eating and acting completely normal again. His cry even seemed stronger and louder than it ever had. After four days of no issues they send him home still on the monitor, but also on 1/8 of a liter of oxygen. They never could explain why it had happened; saying that the low blood count didn’t help, but also would not have been the cause of the issue. The only thing they said it could have been was possibly his position in the care seat. So they redid the car seat test, which he passed, but recommended using two rolled up towels to help support his head.
My grandparents had neighbors who also had triplets, three years ago. We found out that two of theirs did this same thing, and they are both fine today. Also to this day of writing this article baby A is no longer on any oxygen, monitors, or medication, and has had no issues since other than he still has his reflux.
All I have to say yet is thank you to the NICU at LGH for supplying us (and especially my Wife), with the knowledge of what to do in this type of situation. And a special that you for my wife keeping her cool, and doing what needed to be done!