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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Fridays are always a little nerve-racking. That's the day the ultrasound machine makes its way around the NICU. They do the scans in the morning and then send the pictures to the radiologists for an interpretation. This normally takes all day and the reports don't make it back to the NICU until late afternoon, at least.

The doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners in the NICU are great. But, many times, they are trying to relay information from conversations that the radiologists had with various other doctors. So, the details of the scan results often get lost in translation.

As a result, we've decided to rely on one person and one person only, for our scan information. That person is the neurosurgeon, Dr. George. He looks at the pictures himself and formulates his own interpretation. He's the brain doctor and the guy in charge of that part of Miller's continuing treatment. Dr. George called late yesterday afternoon an relayed the following:

Miller's bleed is resolving as he expected. Whenever there is a bleed in the body, blood coagulates and a clot forms. The small clot in Miller head is dissipating and the scan showed signs of that. There are still a number of things that we'll need to watch over the course of the next few scans, but this one showed us nothing that we need to be immediately concerned about. At some point, we'll send Miller down for an MRI. But for now, the plan is to hold tight and hope his injury continues to resolve itself.
Again, it's impossible to predict the long term effects of his bleed. It could have very minor signifigance on his development, or it could create major hurdles. The important thing for us is that it seems to be resolving and stable. We hope that continues. And, at the moment, the rest of his course is going well. He's eating, breathing, has no infections, and is growing!

As always, thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We love reading your comments and emails, and your prayers are as important as the doctors.

Danny & Stephanie


katdawg said...

Just wanted to say I love you guys and that I am glad to read that the bleed is getting better. Kiss our little man from his Aunt Kiki (that's what Cass and Carrie's boys call me, and I kinda like it) Please don't forget to reach out if there is ANYTHING at all I can help with. Moves are stressful under normal conditions and I would feel honored to help out. Holla at cha gurl! Katrina

Teri said...

We are thinking about you every day...several times a day actually!
Love to you both!

Anonymous said...

Baby steps...good news & updates are always good for the spirit! We too are continuously praying and thinking of the 3 of are all loved and blessed!