Baby P
Wednesday July 17th 2013, 9:01 pm
Filed under: Family,Life

And now the other video taken yesterday: Hudson at three months one week. (That soft new-baby hair, it’s almost all gone.)

We stumbled across a newsletter from Stanford this evening that we hadn’t thrown away because it had an article Richard had wanted to read on a new-improved type of cataract surgery.

We did a doubletake when he happened to pick it up: this meant we still had, now that we wanted it, the article neither of us had noticed on a treatment they’d pioneered for full-term babies born with oxygen deprivation, including their trial over a dozen years ago of a cooling process to keep swelling in the brain and seizures from setting in during the most dangerous early period, to calm down metabolic processes that would do damage; it is now the accepted standard.

And that’s what they’re doing with my daughter-in-law’s sister’s Baby P. But the cold is painful for him so he’s been on a morphine drip. Still, he’s active despite the morphine and he got through the first 24 hours without a seizure and that is very good. And we are very, very grateful for all the prayers and the Thinking Good Thoughts and the support. Thank you all.

Normally, our son explained, when the cord is wrapped around the neck and causing problems, the heart rate drops during delivery and they’re right on it. In Baby P’s case, everything appeared normal, heartbeat peachy fine, until he was out: but not only was the cord wrapped, it was kinked, and there was no way to know how long it had been affecting him. He stopped breathing two minutes after he was born and he had a hole in his lungs.

He was supposed to have the breathing tube removed today and that hole is supposed to have healed by now, as we wait on updates; babies are amazing little troopers.

He will be in the NICU for a number of days being monitored and the next big risk is when they let him warm up again. But his sisters have been allowed to come in and meet their new brother and welcome him into their family.

And a year from now he’ll be giggling with and bugging Hudson by grabbing him to try to pull up and walk just like Hudson, just like Parker’s cousin four months younger did with him two years ago.

Hang in there, little buddy.

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Still praying!

Comment by Jody 07.18.13 @ 5:24 am

And just look at that cute little munchkin keeping his head so high!

Comment by Jody 07.18.13 @ 5:27 am

I’m off to a slow start today but cheered to read about Baby P.

Interesting about the cooling process. Someone was very recently describing a cooling process during chemo. It was a new idea for me.

Comment by RobinM 07.18.13 @ 6:35 am

that business of the cord being around the neck is exactly why my daughter had to have a c-section — Mr Cute had been doing double flips and had the cord wrapped around twice — fortunately, his heart rate did give them the tip off — I’m doubly aware reading about Baby P just how blessed we were

still praying for this little one!

Comment by bev 07.18.13 @ 6:59 am

I am amazed both at the tenacity of youngsters and the wondrous things that science discovers. Prayers continue.

Oh, Hudson is a cutey!

Comment by Donald Meyer 07.18.13 @ 9:28 am

Adding my prayers to those already sent.

Courage to you all for supporting this little angel in his battle.

Thank you for sharing your loved ones with us – be it virtually.

Comment by Suzanne from Montreal 07.18.13 @ 6:18 pm

Prayers and crossed paws continue. No coincidences!

Comment by Channon 07.19.13 @ 10:45 am

Wonderful news, and the love keeps coming.

Comment by twinsetellen 07.19.13 @ 5:33 pm

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