(Picture from last Tuesday, Sept 18th)
The last couple days have been great for Colby. He's been moving in the right direction in a many ways....his tolerating the feedings well, his head size has been staying the same which would indicate that the hydrocephalus isn't getting worse. We talked with the doctor yesterday and he said that the ultrasounds came back and looked as if his brain bleeds were actually getting a little better !!! That's HUGE !!!! Although we get very excited to hear about the good news, we know that he has a long way to go until he's in the clear. So we do our best to be happy, while understanding that things can change quickly.
This morning is a good example. I called just now to check on how he did last night and things were generally OK. His head is a little bigger this morning. We don't want to be alarmed because it could simply be the way the nurse measured it, or it could be a brief swelling that will be gone tomorrow. This is the kind of thing we loose sleep over. He's also getting another blood transfusion this morning. I'm not too sure what to think of that. He's gotten them in the past and I guess if that's what he needs, then that's fine. I just don't understand if that's something to be concerned about or not. Because he's so small, he has his own bag of blood that they use while he's in the NICU. So it's not like he's getting all different people's blood. They said he's been doing so well with his feedings that they are going to a continuous drip into his belly now. That's a big step. He's never gotten that far before!
Tracey's car is on it's last leg. We're now searching around for a minivan. There are a lot of beautiful ones our there...but we just can't afford them. So we've found a couple that are 07 models with under 10,000 miles on them and are heading out today to test drive a couple.
Also, Tracey got the OK to go back to work in the beginning of October. That will help her regain another aspect of a "normal" life again.
Can you believe we have just over $2,000 raised in Colby & Avery's name for the March of Dimes !!!! That's all because of all of you. We see your names when you donate and Tracey and I can't thank you enough. Hopefully some day years down the road I will be able to tell Colby about how the story of him and his sister raised thousands of dollars which went to help other preemies and their families. It's so important to Tracey and I to do our best and use our situation to help educate people about premature birth and for Colby and Avery's story to leave a positive impact on people. Thank you all for your support.
Scott & Tracey