Here's the update since my last post:
I went into the hospital for his eye exam, hoping to talk to the opthomologist. It's not fun to listen to your son cry as his eyes are pried open for the exam. He handled it well though. Unfortunately, his ROP did progress to Stage 3, and the doctor recommended the eye surgery. We were somewhat prepared for this, but still disappointed that he needed another surgery and scared that he could potentially have some long-term vision issues. Based on my research, 80% of preemies his age get ROP, but only 5 - 10% need the surgery. Most do well afterwards, but there is still a chance the ROP can still continue and he'll need additional surgeries, or experience vision loss. The surgery is scheduled for the next day.
On a good note - he hit 4 pounds this day, and seemed to be handling the move of the feeding tube to his stomach well.
|Isolation - gown and gloves. Andrew doesn't mind!|
|Night after surgery|
|The screaming began moments later...|
Not a fun bath!
His weight at the end of the week is pretty much the same as he started it - right around 4 lbs. Between the throwing up and the surgery, we are not surprised he hasn't gained much. Lots of ups and downs this week, but hopefully the surgery was successful, and we can move forward again soon. Andrew turns 12 weeks old today, and will be 36 weeks gestation on Wed. We hope he comes home soon, but it looks like the milestone of his due date will probably pass with him still in the NICU. But, as long as he keeps making progress we know he'll be home with us soon enough.
|One more sleepy picture. It was a long week!|
I'm also a man of many hats this week - and
am beginning to grow out of some of them!
|I'm getting so good at my paci -|
I can't wait until I can try a bottle!