by julie f (7993 Posts), Fri Mar 12, 2004 06:41 pm
Obviously I'm no doctor but, I just wanted to share a bit of my experience with you and what we were told, please just take it at face value. I'd really suggest going with your sister to talk with the NICU doctors, ours were incredibly helpful and explained things to me at least a hundred times - before and after mag...
Anyway, here is what we were told: On day 3, Zach developed a level 3 bleed. We were told that this was "not good" but, that they sometimes resolve themselves and are quite common in such premature babies. We were told however, that it greatly increased his chances of having some sort of developmental issues. The doctors said that this early in the game - they were not sure how severely he would be affected though - it could be something as minor as needing glasses or, as major as cerebral palsy. I wish so badly that I could remember the percentage that he gave us. To give you some good news about a level 3 though - I have a friend who had a 30 weeker develop a level 3 while in the NICU and is now a very healthy, happy and developmentally perfect little 3 year old.
After they found Zach's bleed they continued to monitor via ultrasounds to check for it's progression. I would assume they'll check Ethan again tomorrow?
Please update as soon as you know - thanks so much for keeping us posted. I know I check several times a day to see if there are any new updates. I'm praying as hard as I can for Ethan and your sister.
Zachary James, 7/22/03-7/27/03, born at 26wks - severe pe
Southern California Coordinator