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2003 Journal Links

Oct 26th - Archie is born
Oct 31st - Today, Archie is five days old
Nov 1st - We called the NICU at 3 a.m.
Nov 3rd - Archie's billirubin is down
Nov 4th - Today was Archie's due date
Nov 6th - Yesterday was the most trying day of our lives
Nov 9th - I think we knew that something
Nov 11th - Good day, bad day
Nov 13th - Archie looked great this morning
Nov 16th - If prayers were audible...
Nov 18th - I got to hold my son today
Nov 19th - John is back working again
Nov 20th - Archie slept all day
Nov 22th - I think I know what it’s like to be deaf
Nov 24th - Archie decided to stop fighting the ventilator
Nov 27th - Thanksgiving At the NICU
Nov 28th - John held Archie tonight
Nov 30th - If Archie doesn’t like something, he let’s you know
Dec 3rd - Archie will go for his first plane ride
Dec 5th - Tomorrow Archie will travel to Charleston, to the city where his father was born
Dec 8th - We got up extra early
Dec 10th - Although I spent the entire day at the hospital...
Dec 14th - The doctors attempted to extubate Archie twice
Dec 15th - We’re going to buff ‘em and shine ‘em up
Dec 17th - Santa Claus introduced himself to Archie today
Dec 18th - Archie is doing well
Dec 19th - Archie is continues to do well
Dec 23rd - It is Tuesday morning
Dec 26th - “Are you sure you’re Archie Moore?”

2004 Journal Entries

Jan 4th - John is holding Archie and feeding him his bottle
Jan 11th - We dressed him in a light blue sleeper
Jan 14th - Oh, how I've missed Days of Our Lives
Jan 18th - Patient & Family Satisfaction Improvement Survey
Jan 20th - Archie discovered his hands last weekend
Jan 15th - Babies like this
Jan 29th - Archie Moore is a flirt
Feb 11th - I'm watching Archie study his fist
Feb 23rd - Guess who gained eleven ounces his first week off Portagen?
Mar 2nd - My throat began feeling raw yesterday afternoon
Mar 10th - Tummy Time
Mar 15th - I hate those machines!
Mar 31st - Archie was not interested in his early intervention therapies today
Apr 13th - Well-baby check-up
Apr 21st - Today Archie's world got a little bit bigger
May 7th - It's difficult to write
May 30th - I took Archie to the CDS yesterday
Jun 20th - I know I don't update my journal as frequently as I once did
Jun 29th - We Achie to Budka's
Aug 26th - Archie fights sleep with a fierce tenacity
Sep 12th - Yeah, I know. I need to post more
Oct 26th - Today you are one


Archie slept all day
by Anne Moore

Archie slept all day. His nurse had carefully swaddled him and he seemed to find the blanket’s security comforting. Although he still struggled to breath, his respirations weren’t as labored as they had been the previous day.

When I heard the baby grunt a few times, I got up to check on him. He had woken up and was trying his hardest to unravel himself from the blanket. “Umph,” he breathed, pushing against the blanket with one arm. “Umph,” he said again, wiggling his other shoulder, trying to break free.

During rounds Dr. Ferlauto reported that all of Archie’s labs came back negative. “We’ll take another x-ray tomorrow and try to make a case for pneumonia,” he said. I sensed though that Dr. Ferlauto still wasn’t convinced that the baby wasn’t in heart failure.

We talked about Archie’s pseudo-hypometathyroidism, the condition that the endocrinologist felt was causing Archie’s low calcium levels, and how I’d have to follow up on that after Archie was discharged. Dr. Ferlauto even passed on examining Archie’s abdomen so as not to disturb him as he slept.

The morning passed quietly. Dr. Horne came to check on the baby in the afternoon. “His heart was unchanged on the echo,” he told me. “How’s he doing today?”

I gestured toward the baby’s monitors. “Looks good,” Dr. Horne concluded. I smiled in response.

As Dr. Horne left the NICU, the power flickered and the lights went out. The place went wild. Respiratory therapists and staff members rushed into the intensive ward checking each baby. Dr. Ferlauto stuck his head into Archie’s room and looked at his monitors and C-PAP. “We’re good,” I assured him.

Dr. Horne ran back into the NICU and into Archie’s room. “We’re good,” I told him, too, smiling. He looked at Archie’s C-PAP to confirm that everything was working properly. When Dr. Horne left the room I said aloud to Archie, “Well, if you didn’t know they all cared for you, you do now!” The lights came back on and everyone returned to their post.

My co-workers came to visit Archie in the late afternoon. They all wore suits as they had come from a luncheon. They looked so nice. I was so happy to introduce Archie to all of these people who had known about his impending arrival for nine months. When I left the hospital this afternoon, the baby was sleeping peacefully. I hope he continues to do so all night.

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