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Part 3: Tiny Miracles

The Suchy's learn to manage oxygen The Suchy's learn to manage oxygen
The Suchy's learn CPR The Suchy's learn CPR

by Pam Warnke

MARSHFIELD (WAOW)-- Adam, Logan and Timothy Suchy are doing well.  It's now the end of April, and the boys have passed their due date.  It's been a month since we last saw them.

"The boys are doing great since the last time," said their Mom, Tamara Suchy.

They are out of their isoletes and in a new room.  All three weigh just over 7 pounds.  They've faced major obstacles and overcome.

Most recently, doctors were concerned with their eyesight because of their prematurity.

"They've had some problems with that, so that set them back a little bit," said Tamara.

Laser surgery by a specialist helped.

They've finally nailed down the tricky trio of breathe, suck, swallow.  A crucial eating rhythm Mom and Dad hoped they'd get so they can come home.

The discovery of high levels of lipase in Tamara's milk, may have been part of the boys' eating difficulties and a first in this NICU when nurses noticed the boys were making faces at feeding time.

"It ends up with a soapy taste.  The milk isn't bad for the boys, just bad tasting," said Tamara.

The staff helped Tamara resolve the issue with how she handled the milk before feedings.

She said, "The doctors and nurses have been wonderful here."

And, this family would know wonderful.  Tamara and John have been here daily since the babies were born.  They've watched the interactions of the staff with their boys.

"They treat the babies here like they're their own," said John Suchy.

They've relyed on sound medical judgment to help solve the boy's problems.  Problems that would be overwhelming to anyone.

As a tertiary, or specialty, care center, neonatologists have a number of subspecialists to call on for opinions and advice.

"We've been seeing eye doctors, physical therapists, ultra sound techs for the cranial ultrasounds," said Tamara.

"That's the unique blend of services that is going to be difficult to find anywhere else in the state.  Virutally any medical therapy or surgical service that is required can be cared for in a very timely fashion," said Dr. Todd Stewart.

It's a comfort for parents of critically ill babies to know neonatologists can call on these subspecialists at a moments notice.  Doctors who are dedicated to the eyes, brain and lungs.   There is always a sounding board available for neonatalogists who evaluate babies 24-hours a day.

Dr. Stewart said, "It's also a huge comfort for those physicians who are receiving those children to know that there is this backup.  A network of specially trained physicians who are going to be able to provide their level of expertise and their treatment recommendations to help provide a more comprehensive and more well rounded treatment approach, rather than having one person sort of saying this is what I think is going on."

As doctors and nurses carry out care plans, Tamara and John say they are constantly communicating.

John said, "Everything is explaining what's going on, what's happening and how they're correcting it.  That's important, I think, to let us know what's going on instead of leaving us in the dark--keep you informed every step of the way."

That communication extends to what could happen when the babies come home.  The staff explains there may be times the boys suffer breathing spells.  They teach Tamara and John to manage oxygen and monitoring at home.

They also arm the Suchy's with CPR skills.  So, if need be, they're ready.

"It's something we're obviously learning for the first time.  It's overwhelming the things you have to know to keep them in the back of your mind," said John.

But the Suchy's are ready.  They are ready to leave behind ounces in, ounces out.  They are ready to stop praying, as oxygen levels go up and come down.  They are ready for the sounds of monitors and machines to fade away... for the future of their family to come into focus.

Online Reporter: Pam Warnke



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