Thursday, December 31, 2009

December 31st

Cohen has had some minor setbacks the last 2 days. They have had to go up higher on his vapotherm and oxygen levels. He was just working his little lungs too hard. We expected this might go up and down. He is also having several "episodes" during the day of apnea. This is when he stops breathing and they have to jostle him and turn his oxygen way up to get him back to normal. It has happened a few times when we were there yesterday and today, and it has shocked and scared us quite a bit. They tell us this is all fairly normal for a preemie. Another challenge we are facing is with his little legs and feet. They told us when he was born his feet and legs had not developed correctly due to being confined with no fluid for so long. Several different doctors have given us opinions. Some think the tissue may develop with time and he will just need some physical therapy. Another told us today it could be more serious. They are having a pediatric orthopedist come in next week to give their opinion. Don't get me wrong, this is a big concern, but it is amazing how trivial this seems compared to his lungs, kidneys and brain. Please pray for Cohen. He is so strong, but he still has so far to go.
Cohen weighed 2 lbs 10 ounces tonight, so that is good compared to a few days ago. He is taking his feedings well. We can touch him a little, but still no holding.

I am in such a dazed state I didn't realize until late today that it is New Year's Eve. I pray for strength for our family to face the challenges ahead in 2010. I also look forward to many joys and milestones we will achieve this year.
I wish you and yours happiness and love in the coming year. Thank you so much for your kindness and concern.

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