My on-call night in the NICU Thursday was possibly my busiest, most hectic one ever; sleeping until after noon today may not have been enough to catch up on the lost energy and sleep. I was called to the delivery room 10 times (strangely, to the births of nine girls and only a single boy), and two of the births were of babies with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Another of the kids was born through thick meconium, and ended up on a ventilator and sick sick. All this was in addition to caring for the two dozen kids who were already on my service; about the only thing that perked the night up was that Shannon came up and spent around five hours hanging out in the call room, providing moral support and kisses whenever I needed them. (Oh, and Wendy’s Big Bacon Classic, which my body needed more than you could possibly imagine.) She rocks — and, in retrospect, so did the night on call.


Two babies with hypoplastic left heart syndrome in one night. Kinda rare, I guess.

• Posted by: Roel on Oct 7, 2001, 7:30 AM

Sorta rare, although I work at a hospital that has some of the best success rates for the HLHS repair operations in the world, so we get a lot of women who know about the diagnosis prenatally coming to us for delivery and treatment.

Hence, I was on call again last night, and inherited another HLHS child, and on my way out the door this morning, the team was informed that there’s another one scheduled to deliver today.

• Posted by: Jason Levine on Oct 8, 2001, 12:16 PM
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