It has been a busy past few days! Carson has been getting lots of visitors and lots of love. A typical day for us at the NICU now includes diaper changing, trying to feed him while he’s on his tummy, holding him on our chests reclined, watching his many adorable facial expressions, and learning as much as we can.
Carson always finds a way to bring a smile to our faces. He seems very comfortable and content as he sleeps the day away. Our creative and awkward feeding solutions put a bewildered expression on his chubby little face.
The nurses have a checklist of things we have to learn before they will release him. The list includes simple tasks like taking his temperature, feeding him, & bathing him. There are also some more complicated items on the list, things like Infant CPR/ First aid training, and changing Carson’s Diaper.
One might think changing a diaper is a mundane task, but let me assure you, it’s not. Because he still can’t be on his back, we have to put on diapers backwards, while he is lying on his stomach. The wipes are cold so whenever one touches his cute little butt, he tries to crawl away. It takes one person to hold his ankles and one person to change his diaper. The nurses say that if we change his diapers every time for the next three days, we just may pass.
A few things to pray for:
We found out Saturday morning that Carson’s fluid levels in his head went up by ¾ of a centimeter. Today it stayed the same. They are planning on doing an ultrasound tomorrow morning to determine what is going on in his brain. If they don’t find anything major, Carson may be coming home in the next day or two. The tests may result in some disappointing news. It’s likely that Carson may need a shunt. It breaks our hearts to think that we may have to send him back into surgery after he has already spent so much time recovering.
They will also be running some tests on his kidneys. Carson has been able to pee on his own, yet some urine may be backing up into his kidneys. This test will confirm or deny that. If they do determine it is, we still don’t know what it means or what they will do about it.
Please pray that these tests will bring good results and that Carson can come home at last!
Thanks for your continued prayers,
Nate & Em