Weighing in

2012-01-19 10:32:16 by Sarah Plant, Patient Family, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.

Bekah hit the 8 lb mark at the 9 p.m. weigh-in on Jan. 8. We were so excited with the big gain that we forgot she’d need weighed the next night. The next night she lost 25 grams and went right back under 8 lbs.

The night after that she lost 5 more. I was sure that this was the beginning of the end for us. Around here, a gram can be a huge deal.

A gram or two can feel like a ton. Just ask me how much a gram weighs on a night Bekah loses weight. Every nurse, NP, and doctor (basically everyone in the NICU other than parents) say over and over that weight is looked at as a trend over a week.

A few grams up, a few grams down…as long as she gains overall.

It all seems so logical until she loses. Then, we spend the next 24 hours wondering if this will be the weigh-in we remember as the beginning of the downward spiral.

Sometimes it’s easy to get distracted by things like weight — each cc she spits after a feed is another gram she worked to eat that won’t count at that night’s weigh-in.

I didn’t have enough faith in our daughter and her tummy. After two nights of drops she had a banner gain, up 75. Then, despite a day of spitting, her weight went up again.

Just like it’s easy to be upset when her weight goes down, it’s easy to be overjoyed when her weight goes up. It’s hard to remember that sometimes too much weight gain can be bad.  A lot of gain can signal things like fluid retention and a host of other problems.

Her medicines were increased, and for the first time in nine weeks, we were actually relieved when she lost 15 grams last night.  Now we’ll just sit back and wait for tonight’s weigh-in.

Read the rest of Sarah and Rebekah’s story through her blog, Following Your Heart.

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