Brianna loves having Emma in her room. The two of them go to sleep knowing there's someone else nearby and at night we can say to Brianna "it's ok, I'll be right back, let me get Emma" and she'll wait. She LOVES her sister! In light of the oxygen compressor and the monitors with alarms alone, we considered separating the girls so Brianna wouldn't be woke up during the night by beeps and her sister crying that we put the oxygen back on her AGAIN. So far Brianna's slept through it so maybe it's no worry? Also, the compressor is LOUD and HOT. It creates quite a bit of heat, and in an 11'x11' room with three people sleeping in it (well, #3 would be ME and I hope not to sleep in there too often...) it creates quite a bit of heat.
My first solution for that would be to plug it in in the bathroom, set it in the hallway, and use the extension tubing they gave us to get it all the way to her bed. Then it's in the hallway. And it's big. And it's in the way. And it's noisy to the boys' room too. The second thought would be to separate the girls and put Emma's crib in the guest room. She won't wake Brianna with alarms, it's still a small room but at least it would be just her and maybe me, and yet... that's the HOTTEST room of the house (sorry to any future guests, but it does have a fan!!) and when she naps in there without the compressor it's already warm enough that we run the fan for her.
So... what do we do?? I hate to separate the girls. Especially in the next few weeks where they CAN be together-- there's this line in the sand that says "let's keep everything as normal as possible until August 13th." Then things will be crazy for a little while without any need for us to have changed things around. There's also the thing that says "if we're going to make any changes, let's do them NOW so there's 6 weeks to adjust." I think I will call the home health company on Monday and when I request those spare tanks for emergency use, I'll ask whether we can use regular tanks all the time. That at least cuts out on the noise of the compressor and the heat it creates. Then we can deal with the alarms if it's a problem. If we ever figure out how to keep the O2 ON HER then maybe that won't even be a big deal after all?