Staying Here For A While
At this point we are treating Paul as if he has NEC. We have ruled out intussusception as a possible cause for the bloody stool and therefore must be extremely cautious about suspected NEC as this can be fatal to neonates. Every time there is blood in a diaper of any magnitude in these kids, the hospital treats it as if it is NEC. For Paul this means a week of bowel rest, getting fed TPN and lipids through an IV and restarting the feeding process all over again. Needless to say we will be here on 6C for a while. Our little guy is slow and steady and just was not ready to go home yet I suppose. The good news is that Paul will be in the best hands and gets a lot of love from the doctors, care partners and nurses here in addition to us. He loves physical and occupational therapy and that will continue until we leave the hospital. Next week will be six weeks post operative for Paul so we are starting tummy time with him on Monday which is a huge deal. We will also re-introduce breast milk when he can eat “real” food again which is exciting for everyone.
Paul does not seem to be bothered by all of the love and attention he gets here. He loves sitting up, looking at his mobile, cuddling, bath time, having clean diapers, and interacting with people. He has made some great friends here on 6C and has won the hearts of the staff of course. We continue to count our blessings event though we are not at home. We are blessed by so many wonderful friends and family members, we are blessed with our little guy who enriches our lives every day, and we are blessed by our love for one another. We thank God for our little special family and appreciate all of your love and support.