So I have some bad news for many of you… (Thomas Montgomery, I have stolen some of your post because said it perfectly on your blog, I hope you don’t mind. 🙂
As you all know, Finley has an underdeveloped lung so she will be more prone to respiratory illnesses. If she catches a respiratory illness, it would be more dangerous than if a healthy kid got sick. We have been told to avoid taking Finley out in public until the Flu season is over, which unfortunately doesn’t end until April 2011. Flu season may not have even started yet, but she’s still going to be in the hospital for a few more weeks and then when we get home we still have to be very cautious about her health, and not exposing her to harmful germs too early.
So basically this means that on doctor’s strong recommendations, she isn’t to go out into the public, especially crowded places, including the supermarket, social events, and even to church. Basically anywhere where she would have a higher chance of getting a respiratory illness from somebody else. So she’ll basically be living in a bubble for a while. Sad, but at this point we would hate to jeopardize all the progress we’ve made with an illness that would compromise her already fragile lungs.
Sorry to be strict, but we are going to have to be this way to protect her. When Finley comes home… Absolutely nobody who has even so much as the sniffles will be allowed to visit. If you even think you might be getting sick, or have been around sick people – please stay away. Any visitors will have to “scrub down” before coming into the house and only family will be allowed to hold her right now. We will be limiting the amount of visitors we have at the house, so if we don’t want to you to visit, it doesn’t mean we don’t love you, we just need to limit Finley’s potential exposure to germs. We know no one would knowingly come over sick, but we all know that we are contagious before we exhibit symptoms. If we sound overprotective, it’s because we are overprotective, and I hope nobody gets offended. Daily, the nurses bring up not taking risks with Finley and how the simplest cold could wind us in the PICU. Even though Finley is having a miraculous recovery, she is still considered to be a sick baby.
I wish it didn’t have to be this way – there is nothing we’d love more than to show her off to everyone we love that has held her so closely in prayer – but that time will come. On a happy note – how awesome is it to be planning and thinking about her homecoming??
A good feeding day – she took 50ml from Jon this AM, and then 32 and 34ml for 2 of her breast feedings! She is being more consistent which is great!