Sorry we weren't able to post yesterday, it was a busy day. Callie had a rough afternoon and evening, but was finally able to get some rest this morning. On my last post, we had mentioned her next challenges...well it appears that one is on us now. Back when Callie was a few days old, she had a intraventricular hemorrhage, or brain bleed. These are fairly common in premature infants. What can happen over time, which they follow with head ultrasounds, is hydrocephalus. So the pressure in her head is building and they want to relieve it both for her comfort and also to allow her brain to grow. Because of her size, there are not a lot of options. The best one now, according to the consulting Pediatric Neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins, is spinal taps. This procedure may allow time for the blood clots to clear by themselves and for the fluid pathways to open up. So, Callie got one today, and tolerated it well, but unfortunately, they weren't able to get any fluid out. So, they said they will probably try again tomorrow. If this doesn't work, there is a medication that can slow the production of spinal fluid, but the issue is it can mess with their triglycerides. It is scary, as everything seems to be these days, but we are continuing to try find the strength through our faith so that we can be strong through each new hurdle she faces. We are praying that the spinal tap tomorrow will be successful in relieving pressure and also that the clots will dissapate quickly. And of course, our little Callie is braver than Mommy and Daddy and continues to fight every step of the way!
On a lighter note, Daddy got to change is first diaper today!!