Friday, February 24, 2006
Some of our attempts for a good announcement pic
The babies are doing great! We have had a crazy week, but I think that it is all straightened out and we should be in pretty good shape for a while.
On Tuesday I got a little worried about Dawson's head. His fontanel was bulging and hard and he was very fussy. I got in the truck with him and headed to Utah, leaving Ryan, Jake and Mal once again.
When we got to the hospital we went back and forth between Neuro Surgery and Radiology for about 5 hours. Finally, after several failed attempts at reprogramming Dawson's shunt they decided to take him into surgery. He went in at about 8pm and was back out by 9pm. The shunt had been completely clogged with old blood. They replaced it all once again.
By Wednesday at noon they were signing discharge papers and were on our way home. When we got home Dawson seemed to be really fussy. He couldn't keep any food down and was really in pain. I was upset and felt that sending Dawson home so soon after surgery, with his history wasn't such a good idea. Through the night Dawson did not sleep. He screamed off and on, then screamed in a lot of pain for about 3 hours in the morning. He couldn't be consoled and I knew something was really hurting him. I called Neuro Surgery and they told me I would need to come back down. Ryan started back from Sun Valley and I was going to start packing. After a few minutes I felt strongly just to keep him here. I felt that maybe he just needed something for pain because pressure change can be quite intense and painful for him. I took him over to our hospital here and they did a CT scan. Dawsons doctor called the neuro surgeon and told him the measurements of his ventricles. We found the problem. Dawson had left the hospital with 73cm ventricles and now they were 53cm. Dr. Walker once told me that a pressure change headache is comparable to 10 times the worst migraine I had ever had. The shunt was working, Dawson just needed something a little stronger for pain.
Now he is doing great. He is adjusting and seems to be over the most painful part. He actually now has more strength in his neck and is able to hold his head up a lot more than he could. He looks and acts like he is feeling so much better! That is good news!
Mallory is starting on foods today. We will have to take pics to post. I can't wait to see what she thinks of it.
Dr. Scott was so impressed with both babies today and thinks that they are both doing great. They are both just over 13 lbs. and about 24 in. long.
Ryan, Jake and I are still loving every minute of this. It is a lot of work, but a lot of fun and we love it soo much.
Well, I have got to go save the princess, she is just waking up!
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Love, The Lindstroms