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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Mighty Will



We learned it that wonderful, terrible day: Nothing happens quickly in the NeoNatal ICU, and for every forward step, there's a backward one lurking close behind.

Fifty-four days later, it's truer than ever. The good news today: Will's pneumonia seems to have cleared. That's married to some bad news: Will should be doing a lot better for a kid that just kicked pneumonia. He still requires almost as much oxygen from the ventilator as he did when his lungs were coated in goop and gunk.

His reliance on the ventilator is unquestionably Will's biggest issue right now. When he sleeps, which is most of the day, he doesn't take many extra breaths beyond those provided by the ventilator. We thought that was proof of his intelligence: Why do the work if a machine does it for you, right? Wrong, say the doctors determined to foil Will's fun.

We'll know more tomorrow when we have our semi-regular meeting with the chief of the NeoNatal ICU.

We could be depressed or anxious, but honestly, look at that kid and try to feel sorry for yourself. It's impossible. His eyes won't let you. And you should see his new moves. He's already mastered the leg locks, hip wiggles, head turns and becoming so mad that he practically turns purple. Now, Will furrows his brow, takes swipes at ventilator tubes, farts when he's nervous and sleeps with his hands to his ears, like a New York disk jockey.

That's our Mighty Will, the 4-pound, 2-ounce wonder of the world.

Speaking of which, if anyone out there knows how to post Quicktime videos online, let us know. We've got some doozies.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

His picture is beautiful. Hope there's nothing but good news today.

Beth

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatta guy--he looks ready to take on the world! We know he can do it!!

Love from Maine . . .

4:41 PM  
Blogger Hedricks said...

Is that a handsome face or what?? He is a doll - no question about it. You're right -- it's impossible to be anything but uplifted by the special little person that he is. Keep truckin!

11:24 PM  

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