Monday, November 01, 2004

Lots of cheeseburgers

Progress doesn't always come quickly in Neonatal Intensive Care, so we've learned to celebrate our milestones wherever they come.

For a while, we monitored carbon dioxide, oxygen levels and platelet counts with the vigilance of Wall Street traders eying ticker tape. That stuff is yesterday's news. The new obsession: The race to 1361 grams.

That's 3 pounds for the metric averse, and Will is on his way. He was born at 1083 grams, or about 2 lbs, 6 oz. A week of mother's milk and slight variables -- reduced swelling, the removal of his IV -- boosted the total to 1225 grams, or about 2 pounds, 11 ounces.

That's a 13 percent gain, or the equivalent of a 180-pound man ballooning to 203 pounds in a few days -- which is easier than it seems when you're deluged with sympathy cookies. Will has hit a small plateau, but we're hoping he can hit 1361 by next Monday.

Granted, we've carried flashlights that weigh more than 3 pounds. But life is all about perspective. Joel prefers to think of Will as weighing more than 11 Quarter Pounders with Cheese, which seems like a lot of food and makes us feel better.

Will had a great weekend. His levels are good. His IV, which caused such trouble earlier, has hopefully been removed for good. Tests also show the hole in his heart has closed, and a follow-up scan of his brain ordered by geneticists looks normal.

Joel held Will twice over the weekend and experienced the joy of skin-to-skin touching. There's really nothing like it. All the worries, anxieties and long-term fears fade quickly and everything suddenly seems like it's going to be OK.

Will seemed to like it too. He left a huge puddle of drool on Joel's chest.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love reading these entries. I'm so happy to hear that my little nephew is doing better and that he's on his way to weighing 11 quarter pounders! How precious Joel that he drooled all over you! I love it.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news! Pack on the pounds, Will - we want a 3 pounder!

Love you.

6:09 AM  

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