Happy Halloween from our adorable little calf!
The nitric oxide machine is off, and it has been moved out of our room again. Garrin’s oxygen needs have been stable even after removing the nitric. In addition to respiratory changes, Garrin had his first eye exam. Three nurses told me that the eye exam is not something that I should stay in the room for, so I stepped out for the exam itself but returned to really good news. The doctor was excited about how good Garrin’s eyes look especially considering his extreme prematurity and the amount of oxygen he has required since birth. Yay!
As I was snuggling Garrin, which is what I spend most of my days doing, the neonatologist came in to do his assessment and commented “He is doing really awesome.” Those were the doctor’s exact words. OMG. There have been several times during this journey when I thought that Garrin was doing pretty well, but getting confirmation about Garrin’s recent progress and current condition from the doctor today was, for lack of a better word, awesome!
It’s crazy to think that today would have marked 33 weeks and 1 day of my pregnancy should Garrin have not made his early entrance into the world. Instead, we are celebrating him being 10 weeks old already. I was picking up my daily lunch ticket and found out that there is only one baby in the unit that has been in the NICU longer than Garrin. For some parents, an extended NICU stay might be frustrating, and it has been for us at times, but overall, we are so thankful to be on this journey, so thankful that we are still here because the alternative would be devastating.
Science has helped make Garrin’s progress and survival possible, but even several of the medical professionals on his team have called him a miracle. I will never forget the night one doctor told us that they had done everything they could for him and that all we could do now is love him and pray. Then there was the time when a different doctor stood behind the chaplain and I, joining in on the Lord’s Prayer as we surrounded Garrin’s isolette. While Garrin has received top notch medical care, there have been several times along this journey where modern medicine alone wasn’t enough. Today and everyday, we thank God for these and all our blessings.
“Not only do I have hope, but faith in God brings about a miraculous change in me.” ~Patricia A Gilpin-Hudson; Carol R Muschette, Find Joy in Daily Living