Arrived this morning just after Rose had had her heart restarted with CPR. She’d had a large vomit, dropped her stats and stopped breathing. They bagged her and when that didn’t work they had to perform CPR. It took about 2 minutes to get her back. She was pretty unsettled when I got there. They did an X-Ray to check she hadn’t aspirated anything. Her lungs were clear.
While we were waiting for the X-Ray though she stopped breathing again. She was starving as she’d vomited her last feed and they were holding her next until after the X-Ray, so I gave her a dummy to suck and I think she choked a bit and her chest just stopped moving up and down and she went pale (dusky) and floppy. So terrifying. She looked dead. Incredible how quickly that can happen. Eric, one of the neonatologist registrars, bagged her and she started breathing again. Since then she’s been having difficulty breathing but she hasn’t stopped. I spent most of the morning holding her and she had a good sleep. I’ve now been chucked out for quiet time and sitting downstairs hoping someone else is keeping a careful eye on her.
Her difficulty breathing seems to be positional which points to a throat issue so the LBO (Laryngo Broncho Esophagoscopy) will probably happen this coming week. They’ve gone back to hourly feeds on half HMF (Cow & Gate) to try to stop the reflux. If that doesn’t work they’ll position the feeding tube near the opening of her upper intestine, bypassing the stomach and deal with the reflux issue when she’s stronger, bigger etc.