Friday, August 24, 2007

Friday Update and Pictures

Will and his first stuffed animal, a blue bear.

Lindy and her first stuffed animal, her pink bear.

Will's crazy bed head hair!

A little perspective on how little they really are. They look much bigger in pictures than they actually are. Here's Lindy's precious, TINY hand with her long fingers.

Lindy says, "Oh My!!! It's hard work being in the NICU!"

Will says, "Oh Man! My iPod ear piece fell out again."

Sweet Lindy, checking out the scenery.

A big yawn from Lindy!

Super chill Will, relaxing in his isolette.

Happy Friday! I bet everyone is looking forward to the weekend. Our weekends will be quite similiar to our weekdays now, sitting in a NICU! Unfortunately, our little babies don't take NICU breaks on the weekends.

Will is continuing to do very well. He is still on the conventional ventilator and is doing very well. He is also still tolerating his feeds. Yesterday he was up to 1.5 mL an hour and today they have increased him to 2 mL an hour. A little meat on his bones will continue to help everything else develop.

Lindy is doing about the same as Wednesday. Her PDA surgery was orginally scheduled for today but it got postponed when they thought she might be developing an infection. The surgeon will not do surgery if there is any chance of an infection. New blood and urine cultures were taken yesterday and it will be 24-48 hours before we know for sure. If they come back negative then the surgery will hopefully be scheduled for early next week. If there is an infection, the surgery could be put off for some time.

Lindy's other major complication is an intraventricular hemorrhage in her brain. She has a grade 3 bleed on the left side and a grade 4 bleed on the right side. It is on a scale of 1-4. The bleeding has caused her to have hydrocephalus, which is water on the brain. This is caused by spinal fluid backing up in the brain. The nurses measure her head circumference every day and they have neurosurgeons that are consulting with them. The neurosurgeons are checking her soft spot each day to see if there is too much pressure on her brain. When they feel there is too much pressure they will insert a needle and draw off some of the fluid. They are watching her closely and so far feel that she is okay. She had a cranial ultrasound done yesterday which showed no change.

The days have been pretty quiet and we are thankful for that! Have a great weekend!


Brian said...
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Brian said...

Jamie, Drew, Lindy, & Will,

We are following your blog everyday to check on you and your amazingly strong babies. You all have constantly been in our thoughts and prayers lately.

Will and Lindy are so beautiful. So happy to hear that Will is getting stronger everyday and that Lindy is fighting hard.

Brian & Kelen

deirdre said...

hey drew and jamie,
it's so great to see pics of beautiful lindy and will. john and i have been praying for all of you and will continue to do so even more.

lots of love,
deirdre and john

Devin & Shelly Rhyne said...

Such beautiful babies! We are thinking and praying for all of you every day.

Devin & Shelly Rhyne

buffy smith said...

We enjoyed seeing the beautiful pictures of the Southern Family!
Thank you for sharing!
We love you guys!
Steve and Buffy

Jan Spencer said...

We are so excited to be able to finally see these precious babies! Thank you so much for sharing their progress with us. They are so beautiful!You all are in our thoughts and prayers daily. Johnny & Jan Spencer