Today, the kids were able to see Luke for the first time in a month. Can’t you just hear the squeals of “Wuke!!”
Granny was all smiles, too 🙂 Carla, if not for you we would not have been able to be so present for Luke these past few weeks. Thank you for holding down the fort at home while Scott went back to work and I went to NICU school. Go get some rest!
We reserved the sweetest and most meaningful moment of the day for Luke’s oldest brother. Will was beaming with pride as he held Luke. It was the bright spot of our day. I present to you Exhibits 1-6.
Scott and I took some time to explain to Will what all the wires and cords were. You could see the wheels turning as he took it all in. My favorite quote of the morning? We asked Will why babies have a soft spot. His reply? “Well, when babies are born, their heads are mishapen so as their brain grows, the plates grow together.” Where does he get this stuff??
Today was a good day, overall, for Luke. He’s still tolerating the increased feeds and he now weighs a whopping 5lbs. 2oz. Can you believe it? And, to Craig, Jaime and gang – thanks for dinner. So, so good to see y’all.
Amidst all that happiness and good news today, I still can’t shake this brain news that we got yesterday. I made the mistake of asking the neurosurgeon this afternoon if he thought the cysts on Luke’s brain would go away without surgery. Um, yeah, that’s a ‘no.’ Basically, brain surgery is in Luke’s future when he gets a bit bigger. How big, we don’t know.
But, one doctor at a time, right?
I do have to share one really, really, REALLY funny story that I totally neglected to write about yesterday. During Luke’s prep for his MRI, the techs worked like bees to get him comfortable, I filled out paperwork and the nurse got all his IV tubing situated. If you’ve never had an MRI, the machine uses some super powerful magnets to create images of the inside of your body. To do that, you can’t have any metal implants or the picture isn’t accurate. As we’re getting him ready for the test, I ask the tech if I can stay. She says ‘sure’ but reminds me to remove any metal (rings, cell phone, etc.) before I go in. Just before I step in the door (and I do mean JUST BEFORE), Luke’s nurse turns to me and says, “So, Kathryn, have you ever had an MRI?” Smugly, I smile and say, “Yeah, just before my……..back surgery…….I have 24 screws and 2 rods in my back!!!!” When the tech overhears this, she tells me that those are usually titanium and not a problem. But, mine are stainless steel. Problem. She just looked and me and pointed to the waiting room.
Can you imagine? If I had walked into that room, I would’ve flown across that floor so darn fast and stuck to the side of that MRI that my head would’ve spun. My goodness. Where is my brain?
Hope that gives you enough giggles to sleep well tonight. Luke, your Mom needs sleep. And lots of it.