Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Lesson-less update

Maureen's running joke lately is that I can't write anything about Will that doesn't include some lofty lesson or begin "Life in the ICU is funny ..."

What the heck. Today is Maureen's birthday. I'll try to resist the temptation.

Will is doing good. The weekend wasn't the greatest, but Will is making good progress. He remains on the C-PAP and is breathing well. His carbon-dioxide levels are good, and there's some talk about putting him on a nasal canula (sp?) by week's end. That's the little strip of oxygen underneath the nose that old men wear at casinos.

His weight is a slight concern. He flirted with 3 pounds -- coming within 26 grams -- but has since dropped to 2 pounds, 12 ounces. That's where he was a week ago when he started receiving mother's milk. Doctors think he may be burning calories by working harder on the C-PAP, which requires his lungs to work, than on the ventilator, which goes directly into his lungs.
They've started putting fortifiers into the milk and may add sodium to fatten the little guy up.

That's about it. I'm sure there's some great lessons from the past few days that I'm missing. Perhaps something about the power of hope? Maybe Will can teach us something about the fallacy of America's obsession with weight? Isn't there some funny anecdote about Starbucks, the Red Sox and surly nurses that I can include?

Ahh. The heck with it. Happy birthday, Maureen. I love you. Will loves you. You're a great woman, a great wife, and a terrific mother.


Blogger steve_kurth said...

Happy Birthday Mo! Make that lunk of yours take you somewhere nice! Maybe go dancing! Enjoy!

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maureen & Joel,

First of all, congratulations! Next, Happy Birthday Maureen! I finally was able to get into my computer and read all the updates on Will. I can only imagine the whirl of emotions the two of you are experiencing. Your entries have brought smiles and tears to me.

I would really like to see you and Will at the hospital if it is at all convenient and possible.

We will continue to pray for all of you.

(248) 554-1354

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Mo!

Yes, even on vacation in sunny (80!)Florida, I cannot resist the urge ... must check the blog. Rob hooked me up. Glad things are progressing well. K&M are looking for a fine souvenier for their cousin.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday MO!

Maybe Joel will take you our for an exciting evening of Bowling and Karioke for your 23rd birthday.

Elizabeth and I are thinking about you, Will, and Joel every day.


8:33 AM  
Blogger Kimberkoz said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mo. Are you 29 now? Stay there and stop counting. It's good to hear about Will. Tell the little shaver that Jeff and I think about him often. On your birthday, thank God for the men in your life: your beautiful son and of course that Other Guy (Joel)CHEERS! --Kim

1:52 PM  

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