5.27 am 14th February
The nurse arrives at Sarah's room and Neal helps Sarah into a wheelchair. He can't help but laugh at Sarah's sexy socks!
Then they make there way up to SCBU.
they approached SCBU the nurse explains that the baby will have a lot
of machines around her and these are mostly just a precaution
they arrive at the door to SCBU they are met by Dr Peter's. The nurse
introduces him "This Dr Peter's he will be looking after your daughter,
now if I can leave you in his safe hands I will see you later"
entering the room they are still a little taken aback by the amount of
machines and the bleep, bleep bleeps all around there little girl.
you can just put on these gowns and wash your hands...It's for the
babies safety, to keep as many germs as we can away!" As the doctor is
talking he puts on a gown and hands two to Neal and Sarah
in her incubator covered in bubble wrap with tubes from every orifice
is there daughter. Sarah's hand finds itself being clasped tightly by
Neal's. Both are lost for words. In the end Neal manages to ask...
"Bubble wrap? Can't the hospital afford blankets?"
(OK, so he's a man, not the sharpest tool in the box)
doctor smiles " We find it keeps the babies warmer and when they are
this small they don't have a lot of fat on them, plus quite often the
have not developed the ability to shiver!"
"Oh!" Neal looks more confused."And the blue light? And why are her eyes covered????
will be linked to monitors to continuously check her condition and
given oxygen or light therapy as needed exposure to blue light breaks
down bilirubin in the blood, which causes jaundice!" The doctor replies
They move in closer and Sarah turns to the doctor "Can we touch her?"
of course it's very important that she knows you are here." The doctor
opens a little flap at the side of the incubator and Sarah hesitantly
puts her hand in.
places it gently on her daughters hand. Sarah looks up first at Neal
who is looking totally gob smacked and then at the doctor "She's so very
tiny? I don't even know her weight? Can to tell us more about what's
happening? How long she will be in here? When can I pick her up? What
about breast feeding?" Sarah's questions come tumbling out
she weighs 4lb 10oz which is about 2.25kg so while a little under the
5lb rule she is doing well. As I said we are monitoring her heart and
breathing so far she is doing very well. Try to express breast milk so
that she receives her nutrients and protective antibodies and you can
establish your milk supply, we can arrange for you to have a breast pump
Looking at the heart monitor "I seams very fast?" says Sarah
"Yes, babies heart rates are faster but she is doing fine" Dr Peters says reassuringly
"What about picking her up? When will she be out of here and how long does she need all this for?" Neal motions around the room
we hope you will be able to hold her tomorrow. As I said, contact is
important so as soon as possible. We don't know how long exactly, it all
depends on how she progresses!"
They all stand there for a while then Neal asks how often they can visit?
you are welcome any time we have no time limits in here! I'll leave
you for now and let you get to know your daughter, by the way do you
have a name for her?"
They look at each other "No, not yet!"
The doctor looks at Sarah who is now looking totally exhausted "May I suggest that you get some sleep soon Mrs Hage?"
come on Sarah lets get you back to your room we can come back later!"
Neal can see how exhausted Sarah looks too! Sarah smiles and nods her
they are leaving the room they look out of the window. It's dawn and
the sun is just rising the dawn chorus can just be heard through the
triple glazed window
They both look at each other big cheesy grins on there faces
"I've thought of a name!"
"So have I!"
"Dawn!" they say together....... "a new day... a new beginning.....a new life" Sarah says turning to Neal
(very profound for someone who's just gone through the weirdest 12 hours of her life)