Day 6 in the NICU has started and we got a visit from Mason’s neurologist this morning on rounds. Dr. J had looked over Mason’s head ultrasound and it’s a mixed report. There has been no change in fluid buildup or pressure since the last head ultrasound. While that is a positive, Mason does still have more fluid in his ventricles than he should. His body is not draining it off well enough to balance out to a normal level. He also has a bit of fluid down around his back incision which could be some extra.
What does it all mean?
Dr. J says right now he does expect Mason will need a shunt, possibly putting it in by the end of the week. The hydrocephalus isn’t resolving (fixing) itself. His plan is to do another head ultrasound Wednesday and see if he’s improved or if we’re about ready for the shunt. Obviously they’ll keep an eye on his head between now and then and ultrasound sooner if his soft spots get firmer.
In Other Areas:
I would appreciate prayer for my milk-making abilities. My body is struggling to make enough milk for Mason and so we’re pumping when I’m not at his bedside to nurse at night, nursing all day on demand, and supplementing after each nursing session. This is something I’ve always struggled with, we suspect it has to do with my hypothyroidism making my own hormones unbalanced and not lactation friendly. I’m working with the lactation consultants here at Children’s today to see what we can do to increase my milk, but we’re also fully committed to getting Mason fed well to keep him growing so we’re supplementing as he needs it. With the staff here at Children’s overseeing everything he’s growing just fine. I’ll continue to nurse and pump for as long as we need to, we’re praying to have peace knowing what to do as we go along. We’re also praying that my body figures out the milk-making business!