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   Sunday, December 18, 2005  

Update on the lowercase

As of this morning he continues to eat well. He responded well to his blood transfusion. He is keeping his temperature up, though he is wearing a onesie beneath an outfit, a knit hat (thanks Jen!) and one of those fleece sleepsack things while swaddled in a recieving blanket and covered with another blanket (Thanks Julie!).

As of rounds yesterday, there was nothing growing in the blood culture, the spinal fluid culture or the urine culture. His bloodwork continues to be normal. He is showing no signs of any infection.

Which leaves us to wonder why his temp dropped so significantly. Our neonatologist posits that this is his one issue of prematurity. He never really had any of the problems associated with being born so early and has been a textbook best-case scenario. Even with this, she swears it is nothing wrong and that he is still doing far better than most. It's just going to take getting some fat on him to help keep his temp stable. The added stress of a new location with no sights, sounds and smells may have been part of what triggered the drop and once cold, he was too tired to move around much which would have generated heat so he got colder and was less able to move -- you see the major downward spiral there.

I don't know when he's coming home again. To be honest, I'm very afraid to bring him home now. Very. I just don't know how I'll get through that fear, but I don't think I have to worry about that just yet.

I spend my entire days in the NICU but will try to post again tonight or tomorrow.

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  Comments about my post, "Update on the lowercase":
Fear is good because it keeps us on our toes. I hope you get to try again soon.
Poor little lowercase. I hope he gets to make it home in time for Christmas, that would be the best gift of all.
Hang in there, and keep yourself healthy.
Hopefully it was just adjusting to a new place and he can be home for Christmas...Prayers for your whole family. Take care of yourselves too, you'll need it.
Have faith. This is just a temporary setback. The big picture says you will have years and years and years with Lowercase at home!! :~)
Damn. I'm so sorry you had such a scare and that the lowercase is now back in the hospital. But it's also reassuring to know that he's doing better. His coming home again would make one mighty fine present.

Thinking of the 3 of you....
My thoughts are with you sweetheart. Poor little guy.
I hope he's home again soon... hang in there!

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