Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Proud and Peachy

February 10, 2008
I am sick with the flu and having to stay out of the NICU for a couple days, I miss my boy so much. Luckily, Seth has been able to visit him and bring me back updates regularly. I also get to call the nurses pretty much anytime during the day, they let me know exactly he is doing. Colton is doing fine, the infection is under control.

February 14, 2008
The doctors have told us that Colton has something called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). This means that the blood vessels in his eyes are growing a little different then they should because of his early birth. ROP is very common in preemies and often corrects itself without medical intervention, we are hoping that is the case with Colton. He will get visits from the opthamologist once a week to check the status of his ROP.

February 20, 2008
Today everything is just peachy! Colton was fed by mouth for the first time and he did wonderful! He sucked the bottle like a pro, guess all the practice on the paci paid off. I tried to give him another bottle last night, he must have been tired because he did not do nearly as well the second time. He now weighs in at 3 pounds, 7 ounces, I am so proud of him!

February 22, 2008
This afternoon Colton's eye doctor called us and let us know that his ROP had went from a stage 1 to a stage 3. This meant he needed to have laser surgery on his eyes asap. So, Nana and I are sitting out in the hallway at UK while Colton is in eye surgery... they took him in about 5pm and we haven't heard anything yet. The doctor seemed confident that this would decrease his chances of vision lose. Before the surgery he had a 50-60% chance of vision loss after the surgery it decreases to 20-30%.

February 24, 2008
Colton is having a little trouble recovering from his eye surgery. He had to be placed back on the ventilator about 2 hours after the surgery and is still on medium settings. He continues to drop his heart rate and is having a lot of trouble waking all the way up and bouncing back from the big event.

February 25, 2008
Our little miracle is THREE MONTHS OLD today and guess what... after worrying us all to death, he has finally recovered from his surgery (for the most part). He got off the ventilator today and is now back on the nasal cannula. Woohoo! This evening he was kicking and squirming just like he was before the surgery... I am really excited because for three whole days I didn't even see him open his eyes (he did a few times when I wasn't around the nurses said) but still it was a little scary. He's getting big too, weighing in at 3 pounds, 10 ounces, I am bursting with pride!
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