Life of a Prem Baby Blog

16 December 10 – Hello Doctor!

Posted on: 17/12/2010

Yesterday, while the snow was falling over our town and it was something like -5 outside me, my husband and Jenson sat in the Childrens Outpatients waiting room, not the most ideal way to spend your Thursday afternoon!

We were there because it was Jensons check up appointment since being discharged back in September. Luckily the waiting room wasnt too full and was fairly quiet, something we have learnt from Jenson is that he does not like loud places! He just likes it to be kept quiet and simple. Jenson was quite happy just to sit on Daddys lap and take in everything. He is extremely nosey at the moment and likes to look at everything and talk to everyone that will smile and talk to him back, he definately likes the attention, a bit like his Daddy!!!

At almost every appointment we have had at the hospital so far we have seen another Mum and Dad with their little boy, that was in hospital at the same time as Jenson. Their little boy had already been in hospital 51 days when Jenson was born, as their son was born at 26 weeks! He was a very poorly little boy and I learnt from talking to the parents that he had already been in a number of hospitals prior to coming to the hospital Jenson and him were in now. So to see their little boy each time Jenson has an appointment is great, its really good to see how big and well their little boy is doing. Jenson and their son were discharged in the same week, and its really nice to be able to talk to them and ask things like “How much does he weigh now?” and “Is he sleeping through the night yet?”. Their little boy is now 6 months old and is adorable, all of us couldnt quite believe how big our babies had grown since leaving hospital. I was pleased to hear that their son weighed nearly 13pound now, which is fantastic considering their little boy weighed less than a pound when he was born.

After a few minutes of catchup they were called in to see the doctor and I said I hoped their son got on well over the next few months.

After about 10 minutes of waiting Jenson was then called to be measured and weighed. We took him through to the weighing and measuring room and Daddy got Jenson undressed. Jenson currently loves being on the changing mat as he gets to really kick (making nappy changing interesting!), and because he thinks its a game the whole time you are changing him he just smiles, talks and giggles at you! You just cant help but smile back at him when he is like that. My husband said to me during the week that no matter how down you feel or how hard a week you have had, when your baby gives you the biggest smile in the world, it just instantly cheers you up and nothing else matters. Thats how it is with Jenson, everyone he meets he smiles and talks to and everyone always says how lovely he is. Lets hope it continues as he gets older!

So with Jenson undressed the nurse walked in and we placed Jenson on the scales. His weight came in at 13 pound 11oz! He had already put on 6 pound in a week, which is really good news. The nurse then asked us to placed Jenson back on the changing mat so that she could measure how long he was. Again he just thought it was a game and was quite happily kicking aware, while the nurse was trying to keep hold of one of his legs to measure him. When she finally managed to get him still she announced he now measured 61cms, again this was also good news as at his 6 week check he measured just over 50cms.

With the measuring and weighing done, we got Jenson dressed and went back through to the waiting room. Ten minutes later a doctor came through and called Jensons name, we both stood up and followed the doctor to his room.

The doctor we saw yesterday Id really like to praise. He has been the only one that hasnt fobbed us off when we have asked questions about Jensons health. Since Jenson discharge from hospital, ALL of the Health Visitors and Doctors have just fobbed us off when we have asked questions, and Ive felt stupid most of the time for asking some of the questions I have. Ive been made to feel as if Im an overly worried mother. So as a result Ive just stopped asking them. None of the health professionals outside of the hospital seem to have a clue about premature babies. Any of the answers they give me is all based on a baby that was born full term, which is no good to me!

When Jenson was discharged from the hospital and even before he came out the nurses and doctors on the Neonatal ward said to us that Jensons development would be slower than a normal full term baby, things would happen at different times, that certain medicines we wouldnt be able to give him etc etc. So of course with this in mind I had to keep asking questions when Jenson came home, I didnt want to do something or give him something that might affect him. Something the health professionals didnt seem to understand. Half the time they just didnt know!

So seeing this doctor yesterday and talking to him was kind of a relief. He was very friendly and approachable and the first question he asked was “How is Jenson getting on?” Not “Well he should be doing this now etc etc”. We told the doctor that Jenson seemed to be getting on really well at the moment. The doctor asked how his feeding was going, we explained to him that Jenson was now talking 7ozs of milk rouhgly 4 times a day, that he had dropped a feed and was now sleeping through the night, which the doctor seemed pleased with. The doctor said Jenson was putting on weight very well and seemed healthy enough. The doctor then asked if he could take Jenson to just check him over.

Jenson was laid on the bed in the doctors room and again thought it was just a game, so while the doctor was listening to Jensons heart, Jenson gives the biggest smile to the doctor! Bless him. The doctor checked that he responded to noises, checked Jensons hips and legs and also took both of Jensons hands and lifed him slightly off of the bed (not too sure what that one was for!). He then handed Jenson back to us.

The doctor said he was pleased with Jensons progress and that he could not see anything to worry about. The doctor then made the mistake of asking us if we had any questions! Lol oh dear!

Me and my husband just bombarded him with all the questions that we had already asked to the health visitors etc. I think we just wanted to hear from a medical person that dealt with premature babies everyday, we wanted the answers from him and not someone who was only guessing the answer. And all the while the doctor just smiled and answered them confidently.

I came away from that appointment happier than Ive felt talking to other medical professionals. We had finally heard the answers from someone who knows, and we could rest assured that everything Jenson was doing was normal.

Jensons next appointment at the hospital is in 6 months time, its crazy to think that at that point Jenson will be 10 months old! Lets hope that our appointment then is as good as yesterdays was.


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