This is a quick update on the shunt surgery. Since it has gone in Leo's eyes have cleared up tremendously. He has beautiful stone-cut blues like his mother. The tightness in his face has gone down now that the pressure is off. We think he is looking a lot like his sister did as an infant, only with a very funky head. Today I trod new territory rigging up his "car-bed" for the likely occasion that he will come home with us towards the end of the week. Car-beds are awkward things and the hospital rarely uses them, but they just happen to have one in storage. Thank God. If they didn't have one an ambulance ride home was our second choice! We are learning more about hospital policy discharge procedures and all that. Leo is looking more and more boyish and cute and fascinating. But then again most parents think their kids are baby models. He has picked up his eating now 48 hours after the surgery, but he still takes much less than a normal infant. Nothing to do now but watch, feed, and even drive him around! I never thought this day would come. Friday it is...
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It has been a long time...maybe the longest since I have written to you all last.
This blog has meant many different things to me over the past seven years, in fact, it has taken as many different manifestations as its subject matter, Leo the little lion! Not so little anymore, in a couple weeks he will be seven years old.
And so will this blog!
It is amazing to think back to the frightening beginning of it all, and to realize that never in a hundred years could I have pictured myself now, sitting and typing this post at my sunny kitchen table, in my own house, while the early morning sounds trickle in from the open porch door and mingle with the voices of my children in the other room. Not one child, as we all thought seven years ago, but two.
Seven years ago, Leo was not going to live to his first birthday.
He was not going to be able to talk sweetly to his big sister, as I hear him doing right now. Though I'm sitting in the other room, I can picture them both clearly; his s…
So you guys know that September is the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) awareness month right?
Yeah, I didn't know either.
Every month there is some disease or disorder that we should worry, promote, and be aware about...so after awhile all that awareness stuff gets tiring...
But this is the first time I've heard of an awareness month for a place, rather than a physical condition. What's up with that? How come we need an awareness month for a section of the hospital? We have an awareness month for breast cancer, not the cancer ward itself...so why the NICU? I'm pretty sure there is a preemie dedicated month, and one for every other condition that may have put the infant in the NICU in the first place, so why the preferential treatment?
After thinking about it for awhile, the only reason I could come up with for the need of this awareness of a place, is that the place itself has inherent issues that people (especially potential NICU parents) should be aware of. No…