Learning new lingo

Our son shortly after they put him on the nasal cannula instead of the oxygen hood.

One thing I can say for sure is that I learned a lot of new things during our sons stay in the NICU.  I’m not a medical person by any means.  I could never be a nurse as needles freak me out.  But I quickly found myself saying things like “How often did he desat last night?”, “When will they move him to a nasal cannula instead of the hood?”, “Were his glucose levels steady yesterday?”, “Are they increasing his IV infusion to D20?”.  I was following the conversations during rounds when it came to his oxygen saturation and if they would increase or decrease the amount of oxygen or glucose they were giving to him that day.  I found it hard when I was talking to people outside of our family, to not use words like desat and saturation, because i was using it so much during the day when talking to the hospital staff.  The look on people’s faces when they want to understand why you are upset, but they don’t understand the words you just said, is kind of comical in a not really kind of way. Continue reading