This was not Sam’s best day. He suffered a number of bradycardia (or brady) and apnea events today. These are things we will have to deal with a lot over the next few months, and so far, they are a little scary, but not too scary. In a preemie, one thing that happens often is the little guys forget to take a breath. They are so young, and their lungs are so immature that is just slips their mind that breathing is a good idea. So, Apnea is when there is a pause in their breathing. Brady is when their heart rate dips below 100 beats-per-min. Apnea often causes a brady event to happen. Most of the time, Sam will self correct. If he doesn’t he just needs a little stimulation- either rubbing his back vigorously or giving him a little shake. They also treat the brady events with caffeine. The nurses assured me they were giving him Peet’s not Starbucks. (I love Berkeley!)
Due to the brady events I was not able to hold Sam today- but will be back tomorrow as my mother tells me that between 3 pm and 5 pm Sam finally opened his eyes!!
And now for your moment of zen: