Interesting. Very Interesting.

>> 12.27.2009

Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.
Eliza Tabor


Oh, life... why do you mess with me so?

Ryan and I thought we would be getting a little Christmas miracle. I was so excited to tell you about it! Liam was all set to be discharged on Christmas Eve. We roomed in Wednesday night and everything went swimmingly... until 5 a.m.

Liam's temperature dropped to about 95 degrees and would not come back up until he was under the warmers. I personally believe it has something to do with the room being too cold and the nurse stripping him to his diaper for 10 minutes while she weighed him.. but what do I know? They did some tests and his CRP (otherwise known as c-reactive protein) was way elevated, which indicated that he may have an infection. (It could also be caused by his vaccinations but, coupled with the temperature drop, it freaked everyone out.) They started him on antibiotics, stopped his feedings, and gave him a blood transfusion (his red blood cell count was a bit low; not crazy low.. just a bit). They also did a lumbar puncture to see how his spinal fluid was looking.

And I... cried.

48 hours later his tests were all still negative and his CRP levels had dropped from 4.0 to 1.8; however, they like the levels to be under 1 so he will be on 7 days of antibiotics "just to be safe".... although they have no idea what they are saving him from. They will re-evaluate the situation on the 31st and we will find out if Liam will be coming home for New Year's.

Liam, on his part, has not acted sick in any way. He is as feisty as ever... and still loves to eat. He is gaining weight (4 lbs, 3 oz!) and being cute.

Perhaps Liam just couldn't stand to leave his ladies for the holidays.


Ryan and I are doing our best to find the bright side: a little more time under the close watch of the neonatologists and nurses won't hurt Liam. It will give him a chance to gain a little more weight and be a little less fragile before coming home. Also, if his body is fighting something off, he is in the best place he can be. And we have a little more time to prepare, a few more quiet days to be together and a few more full nights of sleep before life is invaded by our little gremlin.

7 comments:

Julia December 27, 2009 at 3:07 PM  

I was so hoping for for you to get him home. I am glad he is getting big! And that is the most adorable picture EVER!

Here's hoping that you get to ring in 2010 with Liam in your arms - AT HOME

MEWoodward December 27, 2009 at 8:01 PM  

He looks like he has so much personality. You are right about the having just a little more time. I can only imagine it is hard for you, but it can't hurt.

Becky December 28, 2009 at 8:23 AM  

I think you're looking at it the right way. If he can't be home with you, then he's in the next best spot for him at this time. But I know how hard it is to leave the punkin' at grandma's for just a night. I can't imagine how hard it is to leave Liam -every- night. But he will be home with you soon...very soon.

Lindsey December 28, 2009 at 10:11 AM  

He is so freaking cute!!! I would cry too! Soon enough though and he will be home.

Amber December 28, 2009 at 11:14 AM  

I love your pictures. Thank you for sharing on your blog.

Becky December 28, 2009 at 11:12 PM  

It will happen. Its too bad it didn't happen for Christmas, but I promise that little guy will come home when the time is right. But dang he's cute!!!!!

Toni December 29, 2009 at 9:18 PM  

*hug*

I'm sorry you didnt get little man home for Christmas, but it doesn't seem like it will be much longer. :)

Also, this pic of him is absolutely too adorable!

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