Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Michael Jay Mangum

Michael Jay Mangum
Born: April 20, 2010 at 9:52pm
Weight: 6lbs 13.8oz
Length: 20 inches
Miscellaneous Information: Born at exactly 37 weeks, water broke unexpectedly 2 hours before I was suppose to go in for an ultrasound appointment. Labor was a total of 12 hours, 3 of which was spent pushing. He was born face up and slightly turned, which explains the long time spent pushing. He developed pneumothorax which turned quickly into tension pneumothorax. He had to be put on oxygen and came very close to having a chest tube. He was life-flighted from the Homer hospital to the Providence hospital in Anchorage (5 hours away) where he was instantly put on an oxygen canula and placed under an oxygen tent where he was kept for the next 2 days of his life. He was able to be taken off the oxygen after a few days and appeared to be doing well. The tension pneumothorax resolved itself, he'll be stopping his antibiotics for a possible pneumonia Wednesday (April 28th) at 6pm, and if all continues to go well he should be able to come home Thursday.

UPDATE: We ran into a set back today (April 27th), he has been placed back onto oxygen to help relieve some possible apnea-like episodes that caused his oxygen levels to drop while in deep sleep. Hopefully all will be resolved soon - may your prayers continue to be with little Michael as he heals.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Alaskan Life

I'm so horrible about staying on top of my blog (it seems so much easier plus I seem to get more comments when I update facebook instead) but ... I will try harder especially now that I'm getting closer to one of the biggest changes in my life. I am now almost 35 1/2 weeks along and my ribs and mid back (mainly on my right side) are always aching, the braxton hicks contractions are a lot more cosntant (and of course thanks to my back/rib pain more uncomfortable), and my belly feels like it's going to burst any time lol (I will post pics soon). Aside from my lack of sleep at time (thank you Michael for trying to keep your little tootsies warm under my ribs cage) life here in Alaska hasn't been to bad. I get to see moose and bald eagles on a ragular basis and now that my sister in law is here with her kids I'm outside more often taking walks by the beach and spending time with my niece and nephew. It's been aboiut 2 1/2 weeks since I've seen Jay and still another 10 days (or more depending on the weather while they are traveling) before I get to see him again, we're both handling it a lot better than we originally thought we were going to but it's still torture and I'm counting down the days when I can be held in my sweeties arms once again (FYI it's no fun having to fall asleep alone). Well that's it for now I need to stand up and walk around cause my ribs are KILLING ME!!!! I'll post more updates along with some picture updates sometime this week so stay tuned.