Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Daily Dose: Tuesday, March 3

Hope: day 86

Hope had a very busy day today. She didn't end up having a renal ultrasound yesterday, but instead they did a cardiac ultrasound. The ultrasound showed an "artifact" but the radiologist thinks it is just a shadow from her ribs. The abdominal and renal ultrasounds today showed no abscesses and no pockets of infection. Her cranial ultrasound showed no changes, which means it has been stable for 8 weeks now!!

Hope had another eye exam today. The doctors saw she has stage I ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity). This is technically described as "mildly abnormal blood vessel growth. Many children who develop stage I improve with no treatment and eventually develop normal vision. The disease resolves on its own without further progression." The ophthamologist says they'll keep watch on it but is not worried and fully expects her to outgrow it (as over 90% of kids do).

The biggest fatty today is...... Hope, weighing in at 1730 grams (3 pounds 13 ounces)!! Hope snuggled with Mommy today which everyone loved because Hope hasn't been able to snuggle in almost a week. Hope was more awake and alert and, thanks to all the prayers, seems to be feeling a little better all the way around. Keep the prayers coming!!!!


  1. You know, sometimes I hate those little "most everyone will outgrow that" because you always think, "yeah, but have you met MY kid????" I'm sorry for one more thing on your plate but will truly be praying it's nothing at all. We're going to be gone this weekend to the Midwest RTS reunion but will check in again with you all when we get back. All our love and continued prayers and support.

  2. Glad to hear it seems Hope is feeling better. It must have been so hard not to be able to cuddle with her for a week! She's getting bigger and looks good for having had such a hard time of it this past week.

    We hope all of you are doing well and taking care of yourselves.

    Love and prayers,
    The Zs