Today is the crucial day in our baby’s life.
I will not use her real name because I am not sure legally what I can say here because we are only temporary parents. So I'll call her Little One.
Little one's mom struggled with the misuse of prescription pain medication while pregnant. Since mom was incarcerated for 3 days before giving birth Little One was not born with the meds in her system; however her system only knew life with medication, life with no physical pain.
On Sunday she began to show signs of withdrawal and was moved into the NICU.
Excessive sucking, sneezing and yawning, muscle tightness to name a few.
The "old school" way of dealing with this situation was to medicate baby with morphine at the level mom was using and then slowly wean baby off, this took weeks, even months; we were fortunate enough to have the leading doctor on the Eastern Seaboard in this area of research and study visit Little One and use a new form of treatment.
Little One has been allowed to begin detox right from birth and will only be given morphine if her symptoms are severe enough to need it.
So far, no morphine.
Today is day 4, today is hump day, the doctor feels as though if she can make it past today with no morphine she should be fine to detox all her own. Although he said it would really only push her chances right past 50/50. So today is the day, and tomorrow and the next day....
When will she come home?
We just don't know?
Once Little One makes it through her detox and realizes that people and love can sooth rather that medication she will be like any other baby born "sober".
Now I'm off to register at Target because it was recently brought to my attention that I'm gonna need some baby stuff.
Sarah has hooked me up with several baby clothes and items but if memory serves me right babies need and go through more clothes and diapers than anyone else in the household; of course if we were all wearing diapers we'd have a whole other issue going on here.
Please be praying with us that she does not need the morphine at all.
Pray for no lasting effects of the drugs on Little One
Pray for the NICU doctors and nurses caring for her, that they'd see Jesus in us and that we would be able to speak Him to them.
Pray that this life transition would be smooth for all 5 of us.
Thank you all, this journey is never dull is it?
I wouldn't have it any other way.