Home for Christmas
Sunday December 26th 2010, 12:16 am
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What’s Tron with this picture? (Wait, here, let me go get a photo from earlier in the week. There you go, that really shows it.)

I just wanted to thank whoever the person is out there who thought up a better solution for preemies needing light therapy to break down their bilirubin levels: instead of keeping them in the hospital with noise and parental separations and bright overhead lights and masks over their eyes, Parker got something I’d never heard of.

It’s a special bed with a blanket-y sort of thing that wraps him in light, his face shielded by the fabric–at home. His eyes are free to see the world around him.

Someone out there clearly knew what it was like for new parents and for the babies and knew there had to be a better way. I just hope somehow they see this and know how much of a difference they made to us all. Thank you, whoever you are.

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Looks as if he’s the newest member of Blue Man Group?

Comment by Lynn 12.26.10 @ 1:33 am

What a wonderful invention! I’m guessing it was invented by a parent who was upset their own baby couldn’t have the therapy at home.

Comment by LynnM 12.26.10 @ 2:27 am

I would have loved to have that 24 years ago with my girls. But I’m glad we have it now! What an absolutely wonderful shot. It looks as if he is wrapped in G-d’s love.

Keep up this grandparent stuff. It’s cool.

Comment by afton 12.26.10 @ 6:01 am

How nice for Parker to be able to see, but also for everyone else to be able to see his sweet eyes!

Comment by twinsetellen 12.26.10 @ 7:29 am

Hooray! What a great Christmas gift. Technology is a wonderful thing, even moreso when it clearly reflects love and compassion.

Comment by Channon 12.26.10 @ 7:44 am

That really is awesome.

Comment by (formerly) no-blog-rachel 12.26.10 @ 8:01 am

What a great invention! I remember my little boy all naked in the incubator with the mask over his eyes. He looked so vulnerable. Parker looks all cozy and cuddled. He’s beautiful!

Comment by Julie 12.26.10 @ 11:02 am

I’m glad you explained Tron, for I surely didn’t know what it was. I agree with Afton — wrapped in G-d’s love.

Comment by Don Meyer 12.26.10 @ 11:37 am

What a beautiful baby! And the light invention is so convenient. Almost 30 yrs ago my daughter was 4wks early and had to be tied by wrists and ankles to the table because she kept pulling the hose of the respirator out of her mouth and the I.V. out of her navel. I kept telling the dr.s she didn’t want to be there. I guess the lights were annoying. I know I wouldn’t like it. My son was lucky enough to just need to sit in the sunshine for a few days. My how medicine has advanced in the last three decades!

Comment by Jody 12.26.10 @ 1:13 pm

Well we’ve come a long way Charlie Brown.

Another tale here. Older DD had Elastoplast ‘sunnies’ 16 years ago, they were truly horrible, and other families used have difficulty involving siblings with the newest arrivals with the cosmetic look of the things.

Comment by StellaMM 12.26.10 @ 2:03 pm

That is definitely the RIGHT use of technology!!!

Comment by Margo Lynn 12.26.10 @ 2:14 pm

I love THIS kind of techno advance. I’ve been very happy to watch the progression from hospital and incubator to these ‘at home’ solutions.

Comment by Ruth 12.26.10 @ 4:08 pm

It’s so nice that they have updated the bilirubin light, my oldest spent 4 days in the incubator in the newborn area at the hospital at Larson Barracks
in Wurzberg, Germany, I was so worried I was a new mom with no one from home. He looks happy and content.

Comment by kris 12.26.10 @ 5:28 pm

How wonderfull to see this technique in action. The Dutch weaving organisation had a lecture last autumn from a textile researcher about modern fiber and textile inventions and he mentioned these blankets among other inventions like woven biker helmets. I didn’t know that they are in use already.

Thank you, and all the best for you and your family these last days of 2010 and next year.

Comment by Harma 12.27.10 @ 3:10 am

How exceedingly clever! It’s funny how once you see an idea come to fruition you think ‘Oh, how simple is that?!’ but the REAL challenge is in coming up with the idea….

Comment by Carol 12.27.10 @ 9:17 am

just found your blog by random while looking for knitted shawl patterns. Thats an amazing invention and something that many parents would love if their child needed the light therapy after being born. Thankfully my lil guy (now turning 3) only needed to sit in sunlight. Such a beautiful baby boy.

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