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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 decided to stop fighting the ventilator
by Anne Moore

By Saturday morning Archie decided to stop fighting the ventilator. He resigned himself to the fact that, struggle as he may, no one was going to remove the plastic tube from his throat. Archie blinked his eyes once, twice, longer this time, until he gave in to his tiredness. For the first time in weeks our little man slept as a baby is meant to sleep.

And for the most part he slept all weekend. He woke occasionally, his silent cry indicating that his ventilator tube needed to be suctioned clear of secretions. Archie’s daytime primary nurse, Janice, and respiratory therapist, Jamie, hovered over him, checking his vitals, changing his diaper and tending to his ventilator. John and I took turns at his bedside, kissing his head as he slept.

The test for RSV came back negative. Dawn, Archie’s primary nurse practitioner, sent a sample of his lung secretions to be cultured. The culture was returned showing no infection.

Archie slept, oblivious to the goings on around him. John and I enjoyed our little man’s relatively uneventful weekend.

When I got to the hospital Monday morning Archie’s nurse, Dava, asked me if I wanted to give my son a bath. In his 29 days of life I hadn’t ever been offered this opportunity before. I jumped at the chance.

Dava supported Archie’s head as I washed his neck. She turned him to his side as I rubbed the washcloth over Archie’s back. “It feels good to have your back massaged, doesn’t it?” she asked him sweetly. Keith, Archie’s respiratory therapist, used our camera to record the happy moment.

Dava removed Archie’s monitor leads so that I could clean beneath the adhesive pads. Keith stood by and unobtrusively watched Archie’s blood oxygen levels. I realized that the only time I’d ever seen my baby without the monitor leads before today was during the few moments I was allowed to hold him after his birth. Dava left the room to find baby shampoo and lotion as I scrubbed Archie’s hands. My son watched me curiously as I cooed to him while washing him clean and shiny. There were smiles all around. “You’re daddy is going to be so sorry he missed this!” I repeated again and again.

After his bath was finished, we dressed Archie in a sleeper for the first time in weeks. Dava asked me if I wanted to hold my son and I eagerly accepted the invitation. She gave me a pillow for my lap and I held my little man on top of it. Archie and I socialized before he fell asleep again. He rolled into me and relaxed totally and completely. His excellent stats reassured me that my son really did know who I was. I think he found comfort in his mother’s arms.

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