Tuesday, December 25, 2007

For those who think we are being over-protective...

We have had a few question why, if the babies are doing fine, we aren't taking them out of the house and aren't allowing people in the house. We were able to find this on the company's website that produces the babies RSV shots. These are the $300 a month shots. They aren't mandatory, but well worth every penny for our babies health. Even with these shots, they are still susceptible. We are taking extra measures even here at the house. Any time Oaklen and Adam comes home from school and work, they are to change clothes and wash w/ anti-bacterial soap before getting around the babies. Our babies fall right in the danger zone as they have premature heart and lung development (common in preemies). They are still on their lung and heart monitor ($120 a month) because when they get tired sometimes their lungs and heart stop. If they stop long enough, it will sound the loudest alarm ever. We have to figure out which one it is and respond accordingly. Not an easy task at 3:00 in the morning w/ very little lights on and our eyes half open! We appreciate everyone's patience, and I would like to stress we are extremely proud of our babies. We will show them off to everyone, as soon as the weather changes and their health is that of a normal infant.

***Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the #1 cause of hospitalization in babies under a year.

***Respiratory syncytial virus (sin-SISH-shul VI-rus), or RSV, is a common, seasonal and easily spread virus. You've probably had RSV and thought it was just a bad cold. In fact, nearly all children will get their first RSV infection by age two.Most people with RSV suffer moderate to severe cold-like symptoms. For some babies, RSV can be more serious – it’s the #1 cause of hospitalizations in infants. Preemies and babies born with a heart or lung condition are at higher risk for severe RSV disease, which could lead to serious lung infections like pneumonia and bronchiolitis. It is estimated that the annual infant death rate due to RSV is 10 times greater than that of the flu, with up to 400 infant deaths from RSV each year in the U.S.

1 comment:

Heather said...

Well said. You've worked so hard to get your precious babies home safely that nothing you do to keep them that way sounds overprotective to me. But then I'll be following your example very soon. :)

I'm sorry to hear about the power outage. That is a big deal with 3 babies on monitors. How nice to have family close enough to bunk with, (and I'm sure they were happy to have you there.

I love seeing all your cute pictures!