Over the next week, we will be starting a “Meet the Quints” series on our blog! Each post will feature one of our little cuties with lots of pictures and commentary. As we referenced in our previous somber-toned post The Quint’s First Two Weeks there have been many moments of pure joy in addition to the bumps in the road we’ve experienced thus far. These upcoming posts are our chance to share those joyful moments with you!
One last thing to prep you for the next five posts. The V5 are collectively in the best health they have been since birth. Still, they are hooked up to all kinds of Medical Miracle Machines (technical term) that are helping them to develop and grow into normal healthy babies. To help quell any concerns about their condition when we post wire-laden photos, below is a brief visual introduction into the anatomy of a typical NICU infant. Mr. Theodore Joseph has been selected to help enlighten you on the purpose of the lines and tubes you’ll see in the upcoming week’s pictures:
A: Free Baby Oxygen Bar/Spa Treatment – AKA: Nasal Cannula used to provide a variety of respiratory therapies
B: Hands-Free Food and Beverage Dispenser – AKA: Oral-Gastric (OG) tube used to provide breast milk and to check their bellies for residuals from prior feedings. It also can help to remove excess air from their tummies.
C: Personal Fitness Monitors (e.g. Nike+) – AKA: All of these wires are leads which are connected to a monitor which help to assess heart and respiratory rates.
D: Remote Thermostat Adjuster – AKA: The wire tucked under the heart sticker is a temperature probe which helps to identify the baby’s temperature and keep it in an ideal range.
E: Belly-Button Jewelry Clip – AKA: this is a clamp placed on the umbilical cords and is later removed.
F: Oxygen Bar/Spa Treatment Membership Card – AKA: This is a pulse oximeter which is used to assess and monitor the baby’s oxygen saturation.