View Full Version : We're rooming in tonight!

04-17-2009, 08:32 AM
We're rooming in from 8pm tonight until sometime Sunday morning. Mackenzie will be on her home vent, but none of the RTs or staff are trained on it. So it'll just be me and Andy, and if we have any questions about it we're SOL. Lovely, right? It's a long story as to why our NICU wouldn't train their RTs on the vent, but the short story is: They're lame. ;) If all goes well, we're flying the coop on Tuesday and bringing Mac home.

Before we head up tonight we're going to watch the DVD on the LTV 950 as a refresher from our [brief] training on Wednesday. Our RT from Apria tried Mac on her vent for the first time yesterday and after tweaking her settings a little, Mac settled right out. Her and one of the nicu RTs think Mackenzie will tolerate the transition just fine. I'm inclined to agree because when we switched her back over to the Drager, she was actually working a little harder on it before she settled out a few minutes later. I think she likes the home vent settings better.

OH! And I'd also like to mention that we have permission to bring her home by ourselves. We'll call the nursing agency when we leave the hospital and they'll meet us at the house, and the RTs will be in a different vehicle. So our ride home will just be Mommy, Daddy, and Miss Mackenzie. :) I'm really pleased.

04-17-2009, 09:07 AM

i love your comment about them just being lame :-D

Alex's mom
04-17-2009, 09:07 AM
How exciting!! I loved our rooming in time, it was the only time we ever really got the chance to be alone with our baby.

Good luck and a big yay to Mackenzie for liking the LTV!

04-17-2009, 09:34 AM
YIPPEE!!!!! Treasure the weekend and your ride home alone--so happy for you all!!!

04-17-2009, 09:39 AM
That is wonderful news, and a long time coming for you guys:hug:
Hope the transition is a smooth one!

Take a lot of pictures!:)

04-17-2009, 09:49 AM
It will be good to bring her home with just you two!!! No extra people in tow....okay, in the car near you, but just to be ALONE!!!!

Hope you all transition well and love having her home!!!!!

04-17-2009, 09:53 AM
That's awesome and certainly has been a long time coming!!! I'm sure you'll be fine, and Mac will settle in fine on the home vent. We came home alone with Kate as well. SHe wasn't on a vent, or O2 so we nixed the escort ride in the ambulance. It was bliss, being alone with her in the car -- it was the first time she was alone with us outside of the hospital.

Good luck!! Do they make one of you stay awake the whole time??? Our rooming in was only 24 hours, so we slept in shifts that night.

04-17-2009, 10:03 AM
Sounds great! Looking forward to homecoming pictures.

Julie :)

04-17-2009, 10:09 AM
Great News! Good to hear you will be homeward bound sood!

PS If you need any help with troubleshooting the vent, (and have your laptop handy) you can always post a quick question..since the majority of people on the board have the same vent. the answers here usually are alot better than that from the medical staff anyway.

04-17-2009, 10:54 AM
Great news.

We got a month of training but roomed in for 2 nights or was it 3 I don't remember. Emma was on the vent for 3 of the 4 weeks were were training and no one could touch it, none of the hospital was trained on that vent. So very early on hubby and I were managing it. It turned out ok.

If you have problems, call your supply company. That is what we had to do. Since that is wht you would have to do at home if you had a problem, it shows that you know what you are doing if problems arise.

Gretchen(Celia's mom)
04-17-2009, 11:23 AM
:woohoo: :rockon: SO SO SO happy for you!!!!!!

04-17-2009, 12:19 PM
Congratulations! Can't wait to hear how things go

Ainsley's Mom
04-17-2009, 01:00 PM
That's great. Enjoy bringing home baby.

04-17-2009, 02:58 PM
That's brilliant news!!! Hope tonight goes well. I remember the first time I roomed in with Nadia - didn't sleep a wink all night. She was soooo noisy (and that was before the trachy!!)

P.S I had a peek at your blog - brought back loads of memories of Nadia's journey through NICU. Loved the music!


04-17-2009, 04:11 PM
what awesome news,i know you guys will do a great job together.. it will be so awesome to have time with your family all alone.... it brings back the day when we were doing that 5 years ago... enjoy

04-17-2009, 07:18 PM
Cool deal!!! I will pray for a smooth weekend. I am so glad she will be home soon --- woohoo!!!!!! When we came home no offered, nurses, RT or ambulance. It was just us!! I will say that Austin was a little freaked since he had been in the hospital for a solid month, the first few minutes in the car on the Expressway scared him a little bit. Too be expected, he was 6 months old. Have a great weekend hun!

04-17-2009, 09:09 PM
Good luck this weekend!!! Our RT's weren't trained on our vent either - one of them had read the summary booklet that came w/ it... but that is about it. :) LOL Our hospital was trained on the LTV as that is their normal home vent.... Ayden just had to be different.

04-17-2009, 10:45 PM
How exciting! Home sweet home - soon!

04-18-2009, 05:20 AM
I really hope your rooming in goes well and the transition home is successful. has MacKenzie been in the car/car seat before? If she hasn't it is quite nice to bring it to the room and get her sitting in it so it is familiar.

After 2 years in hospital we thought Mitchell would not like the car - lol. It is stil his favourite thing!!! In 3 years he has only fallen asleep once or twice in the car.

One piece of advice we were given was to carry a letter in your trach bag with curretn meds and conditions, and the open letter for the hospital. This is odd to suggest but should something happen to you guys unexpectedly there are clues to your child! Also, for two years I rode in the back of the car with Mitch - which was just easier for suctioning etc.

Good luck and hope the equipment performs well.
Cheers Cherie

04-18-2009, 08:42 AM
Wonderful news! We're so excited for all of you!!!:hooray: