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"Your twins are off the CPAP"...said the nurse on the other end of the phone tweeting with lot of excitement in her voice. I was only a day old mom who was not sure how to react to the news. On pressing for details I was told that though born in the 29th week their lungs were doing ok. I heaved a sigh of relief unaware of the tough days that were waiting for us ahead. Though my twins were a day old I had not seen them yet. They were rushed to the NICU as soon as they came into this world. I was so eager to touch and feel the tiny babies.
I wobbled down to the 1st floor to see the little ones . That was the 1st day I stepped into the NICU.OMG!!!! It was not a different world but a different planet . The entire hall was filled with numerous incubators with tiny babies . The monitors were beeping to the max. They were worried faces everywhere . That is the moment I felt that I have to gear up and face the reality .The ride is not going to be easy .
There were several challenges my twins had to go through in the 1st 3 months of their lives. In this post I would like to highlight on Sleep Apnea. This was the scariest of all that we came across. Imagine the child would just stop breathing while sleeping and the monitors would beep their heads off announcing the impending danger . We in the capacity of parents could do nothing but just watch the Nicu nurses come to the rescue of the little one.
Apnea of prematurity is a condition in which premature babies stop breathing for 15-20 seconds while sleeping . It is as scary as it sounds but the babies grow out of it . Premies are closely monitored in the NICU for signs of apnea . When the monitor beeps the Nicu nurses immediately check the baby for any signs of distress . The NICU nurses need a special applause in such situations where their timely assistance saves numerous lives of premature babies
My older twin was the most affected with Sleep Apnea. The nurse would report to us that he stopped breathing couple of times at night . Initially we would get all rattled up on hearing that but as the days passed by it used to be an on and off incident .We got used to it. Luckily it dwindled off after a few days. The doctors and the nurses would comfort us repeatedly that they would be fine. We wanted to believe that but could not till the twins were home.
I am sure there are lot of new moms out there whose premie kids are going through a similar situation at the NICU. Trust me they will be fine. A month or 2 and then this sleep apnea would be a forgotten story. Tough to believe right ? But miracles do happen. I can see my twin miracles jumping up and down the sofa driving me crazy as I am penning down this article reminding me that yes they are absolutely fine!!!!!