Saturday, March 27, 2010
Posted by Jennie at 10:49 PM
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Quick update! Landon wiill have his triple surgery tomorrow at 10:30 (gtube, hernias and boy surgery). Brooklyn's off oxygen during the day!! Brennan's eyes are progressing just as they should!
Posted by Jennie at 3:03 PM
Monday, March 22, 2010
Both of the surgeries he extubated (bot his breathing tube out) in the OR and he's breathing on his own - without cannula! He's woken up well and tolerated the surgery well. The surgeon took a look at his right eye and it seems to be doing good. There's still a little bubble in his eye, but they're hopeful it'll go away and his retina will reattach correctly. His left eye was worse and the prognosis isn't as good, but what do statistics mean to the Pollak?! :) Don't get me wrong we understand the seriousness of what's going on, but there's always the God factor. We're praying for sight!
Also, wanted to share, our local newspaper featured a story on our family this past Sunday on the front page! Here's the link - it was such a great article!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wow, not posting the day after surgery definitely isn't like me but I've been exhausted and internet-less. A HUGE thank you to Brittney for letting me use her laptop to get this blogging bonanza started!
Here's Brennan getting settled in his cubicle at Beaumont. It's such a beautiful hospital and we feel like he's in great hands! Had to take a picture because they're isolettes are much different from U of M. The nurse said he was pretty fussy when we weren't there and it made it really really hard to leave Thursday night. He went right to sleep when I held him, but had a little trouble getting settled again in his bed.
After much love, here's Brennan all snuggled in! Nich & Brooklyn had left already to get checked in to their hotel while I had a couple minutes by myself with him. This was the first surgery I wouldn't be at, he was in a new hospital and having an uncommon surgery. Not the recipe for a good night. I balled as soon as I got in my car in the parking garage. I called Meme and Lynne who helped talk through my feelings and prayed with me. I am so thankful for such supportive friends!
Friday, Brennan had surgery on his right eye as his retina was partially detached. Apparently scar tissue from his ROP (Retinapothy of Prematurity) surgery back in January. This isn't very common, but now statistics don't have much weight with our kids! I had talked with the surgeon prior to surgery and he told me he's let us know how the surgery went. He must have known how nervous I was and called me from the OR letting me know everything went well! We'll need to watch and make sure his retina reattaches itself to his eye and for now infections. It was a laser surgery and he really did great all around - even was extubated before he came back to the NICU! Couldn't asked for a better surgery day! Left eye is scheduled for Monday, but unforunately we don't know what time yet. Look for more updates to come!
Posted by Jennie at 1:46 PM
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Brennan's getting prepped to transfer to Beaumont at 0800 hours. I feel like this is a mission - to Beaumont for eye surgery, then back here to learn to eat again and the rest of recovery - then outta here! Mission COMPLETE! Plans as of now is transfer tomorrow morning (Nich will go with him), surgery on one eye Friday then the other Monday. He can come back once he's off the ventilator. MUCH easier to transport a baby who can breathe on his own! We're praying this is his last adventure for awhile! Personally I've been pretty bummed and worn right out, but everyday God is good! This morning Landon took his whole feed by bottle and has done great the rest of the day! Brooklyn has been such a sweetheart too and Hailey's been staying with my family and been so good! We have an enrollment appointment for her for preschool on Friday! (I can't believe she's ready for school!) When we're going through a rough spot, keep our eyes on Him and open for the blessings! That is one really big thing we've learned...don't put God in a box. He's got BIG plans for our kiddo's! Each are rockstars in their own way and keep our family balanced. We continue waking up each day and just love our kids, they're all our blessings!
Posted by Jennie at 7:47 PM
Monday, March 15, 2010
It's so hard to update right now, because things keep changing! But here goes!
He's had a rough start to recovery from surgery. He's still on the ventilator, but finally are able to make progress! Friday night he had another brady non responsive episode and they realized part of his left lung collapsed. He's getting more volume help from the vent to inflate his lungs so that spot will heal. He's also getting lasiks now to help him pee of the extra fluid from surgery. This will help his lungs dry out too and help him breathe better. He's waking up and so feisty! He doesn't want that breathing tube anymore, but doesn't quite get that he has to breathe to lose it! He's gaining some of his weight back through TPN (iv nutrition). Can't wait until he starts eating again!
Posted by Jennie at 1:20 PM
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Brennan's out of surgery and doing really well! Here's a quick recap of what happened.
So, last night about 10pm he started bradycardia (brady's) quite a bit. His heart rate stayed between 60s-90s for about 10-15min at one point. During that time he didn't desat (oxygen saturation drop), didn't have a fever - it was really odd. He was also unresponsive. We could pick up his arm, let go and it would drop. The nurses tried to stim (rub his chest, pinch his foot) to try to get him to respond and he didn't, barely did when they pinched his foot. We were really nervous and the docs were too because they couldn't figure it out. Transferred him to the PICU (Pediatric ICU) where he settled right down. Turns out he was just too cold! Apparently babies brady when they're too cold! Learned something new! We were fortunate to stay last night at the hospital in a nesting room. Unfortunately the only one they had open was room 1 - the room we held Katelyn in while she passed. I think we were too tired for it to be too emotional. Everytime we go past that room we remember though.
There was a cancellation and he got on the OR schedule early. Actually we got in to see him about 9:30 and he went down at 10! Surgery took 4 hours and they were able to remove the obstruction. Turns out when he had the bowel perforation when he was little, the hole attached to another part of the bowel, forming a circle. That spot was inflammed and very narrow, not allowing much through. The detached the bowel loop, removed the scar tissue and some bad bowel, reattached and closed him up! He did great! He's on the ventilator still, but that's precautionary because he got lots of fluid while he was dehydrated and they don't want his lungs to get too wet. He should be recovered in about 1 week! Just in time for eye surgery! :) God is soo good! Thanks everyone for your prayers!!
Posted by Jennie at 4:06 PM
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
We have been on such a surgery rollercoaster with Brennan! Yesterday morning they thought surgery, by the afternoon thought it was resolving itself so no surgery, last night decided he needed surgery. He has scar tissue that formed a band around his bowel, causing the obstruction. It was supposed to be scheduled for this afternoon, but now he's too unstable for surgery. His electrolytes are all off balance and anesthesia felt it was too risky to put him under. We are so thankful for a wise medical team! He has lost quite a bit of weight and is still pretty dehydrated. The PICC line team came by and didn't find any good spots - he may have to go down to have one placed. So, now we're on schedule for surgery tomorrow at 12:30.
He's lost quite a bit of weight so we're really hoping to get him feeling better soon! Such a trooper!
Posted by Jennie at 9:45 AM
Monday, March 8, 2010
Brennan has joined his little bro at U of M yesterday, just a couple floors up! Saturday after his 5:30pm feed he spit up and we didn't think anything of it. 8:30pm feed took all of it just fine! 11:30pm spit up again, this time bright yellow. Called the nurse line to check it out and they told us to just make sure he burped and keep him upright for 45min after feed. If he continues the next day, probably take him in. They didn't seem concerned at all. He was acting hungry so he nursed again at 1:30am thinking maybe it was a formula issue, but spit up again after. He ate again at 3am, spit up 5min later and we put him back to bed in the swing. At 4:30 he threw up and then at 4:30 threw up more. At that point we tried to call the nurse line back, but didn't want to pay the fee again and decided to just take him to the ER. Hey our deductible was met Jan 1, so it wouldn't cost anything! They weren't quite sure what was going on. Nich mentioned he had NEC (Necrotizing Enterocolitis) before so they took an xray (see his reaction below!) and found an obstruction in his bowel, and it looks like NEC again. So glad Nich spoke up! That's definitely one thing this process has taught us. It's our care, we need to speak up and understand what's going on!
After finding the obstruction, they transferred him to U of M's ER by ambulance. He kept throwing up at both hospitals and in the ambulance on the drive. At U of M, they put a Ropogo (really light vacuum tube - think gentler than Mr Thirsty at the dentist) into his stomach to pull out the contents before he could throw it up. Also took him down for a barium GI study to more accurately find the obstruction (stricture). Yesterday he got xrays every couple hours so they could keep an eye on his bowel track. He got started on TPN and lipids (IV nutrition & fat) as he still isn't eating. We were waiting for a surgery date (possibly Tuesday or Wednesday), but just as I was typing this Nich called and said the surgery team feels like the obstruction is resolving itself! Right now they're thinking he won't need surgery! The same thing happened to Landon when he got really sick last month, NEC resolved itself!
God is amazing! These babies have taught us to have faith and never lose hope. Yesterday, I felt like things couldn't get much worse - all my kids are in different places and I am longing for our family to be together! This is huge news for Brennan! Hopefully he'll be home soon! He is lined up for a eye surgery consult (was supposed to be tomorrow at Beaumont, but he's not going anywhere!). He has scarring from his last ROP surgery that is pulling on his retina. God is so good! We just have to keep faith! We'll keep you posted, as always! Thanks for your continued prayers for our family! It's what keeps us keeping on!
Also, 5 month post coming - our computer got a virus and now it won't connect to the internet so have to find other time to post, but knew this one comes first! :)