Last Micro Preemie Monday of the Year
Welcome to our last Micro Preemie Monday of the year. I still can’t believe Friday will be 2016. Even though it will be a new year, I will still continue to bring you new Micro Preemie Monday stories as long as you let me, which means please keep reading, sharing, and helping me spread awareness about this important cause and these beautiful, strong fighters.
We meet a baby that is still fighting in the NICU. We’ve met a few babies that have been in the NICU during the time their story was shared, like our first twins Liam and Kaiden, and also most recently Lucky. They have all gone home now, and I wish the same for this sweet baby.
Now, let’s meet John, as told by his mom Kimberly.
1. Tell us about your baby
2. How long was your NICU stay? What was the hardest part?
- The severity of his A’s* and B’s* (They ALL need to be self resolving.)The doctors chalk this up to his reflux and have given him Prilosec. It has made a HUGE difference but he still has spells on a daily basis. They say he will grow out of them eventually.
- His eyes. He gets an eye exam every week to determine what stage and zone he is in. (Right now he is stage 3 zone 2 but has another exam today. Hoping for improvement!) We have to keep him in the hospital if he is on oxygen with this even though his exams are every week. I am told if his oxygen requirements are not exact then it can worsen his eyes, or worse, make him blind. So even though he is only there for a weekly exam he still needs to be kept there 24/7.
- His oxygen requirements. He is not quite what it needs to be at in order for him to come home.
3. Do you know what caused your premature birth?
4. How are you, your family, and your baby/babies doing now?
5. What advice would you give to a new preemie or NICU parent?
John is at home now! Hooray! Keep fighting and making your parents so proud John. We are all so proud of you!
He came home the 16th of this month (December.) He spent a total of 4 months, 136 days in the NICU. The day he came home was the best day EVER!
Please leave any questions or comments for Kim and her family below. Thank you so much, Kim, for sharing your inspiring story.