Today is day 65 of NICU life. Issue of the week for little Brynn, A's and B's. Apnea and Bradycardia...
Apnea and bradycardia have many causes in premature babies. Infection, anemia, and problems in the brain can all cause As and Bs. The most common cause of apnea and bradycardia among preemies in the NICU, though, is a condition called apnea of prematurity.
When I went to the NICU last night, I think my little cupcake decided to show off for me since I went back to work and did not spend the day with her. She had a pretty good a & b episode. She just went stiff and bug-eyed and decided she didn't want to breathe for a bit. Her oxygen saturation went down to 8. Yes that is right, 8% oxygenation. The respiratory therapist had to spend some time bringing her back up with the bag. I often say during these episodes, that I believe I will need to be bagged as well.
"The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life." Job 33:4
I know that I already posted a little about this last time, but every time it happens, I can't help but be reminded of God's grace and power in our lives. "the breath of the Almighty gives me life" all I can think about when I see that green resuscitation bag is the "breath of the Almighty." That bag is hooked up to oxygen and machines, and etc. but every time I see it, I pray that it will be filled with the breath of the Almighty which will be pushed into her lungs and graciously give my sweet baby girl life. Day after day, I am reminded of the power of God. He continues to sustain her and give her the breath of life. Thank you Jesus, for answering my prayers.