Full Speed Ahead – Preemie Lung Development

It’s been a whirlwind these last few days and a testament to how quickly things can change in the NICU.

It was just a week ago I was saying the rosary at Sugar Plum’s bedside, praying for things to start looking up. It had been a hard few weeks with many ups and downs concerning her breathing and poor little preemie lung development. On top of that, I was having some emotional issues with not being able to do anything motherly to help calm her.

Then our prayers were answered. She took the highway of breathing routes. She was started on steroids to help heal her strider then after 3 doses, she was extubated and started NIPPV.


She excelled from the get-go and after a few days was on bubble CPAP. A few days later she was on nasal cannula and it wasn’t but a few hours before she was switched to room air (she refused to leave the prongs in her nose and was still keeping her levels perfect).


It was such a quick transition and she’s been doing great on room air now, even beginning her nursing process.

I am still in awe of how amazing these little preemies can be. They are fighters in every sense.

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