You will have significant experiences.
I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of
them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh
your memory of these meaningful and significant things.
Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you.
Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some
may build upon another until they represent a lifetime of
special experiences.
- Gordon B Hinckley

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Everett Bollinger Update...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dear Friends and Family,

Let me start by saying thank you for all the love and support over the last 11 days.  Your prayers, phone calls, texts and emails have meant so much to Zac, I, Everett and both our families.  You are keeping us positive.  In fact, we have been telling Everett that he is the most loved and waited-on baby ever!!! 

So this week has been full of ups and downs, which is the way of the NICU (so they tell us).  We are excited to say that Everett's brain ultrasound showed no evidence of a brain bleed, which we have learned is pretty much a miracle for a baby as small as he is...YAY!!!  Also, we are excited that his follow-up heart Echo showed that the hole between his atria (called a Patent Ductus Arterious...which all newborns have at birth) is almost closed and requires no further treatment...YAY!!!  His kidneys are working great, producing lots of urine.  He has been a little jaundiced off and on in these early days so he puts his shades on and gets to spend 24 hours under biliruben lights getting a sun tan :-)
  His weight is up and down, which they also assure us is normal, and should resolve to just gaining in the coming weeks.  He is getting close to his birth weight of 1lb. 13oz.  He is still on a ventilator but is growing stronger and is starting to breathe a lot on his own...all good signs.

Three days ago we found out that he has a localized infection in his umbilical line that they placed the night he was born.  He is getting antibiotics for it and has been improving.  The infection has caused his blood sugars to increase so he's getting a little insulin for that; but hopefully it will resolve tomorrow or the next day. 

All in all he's doing well.  Grandmum read him his first story today.  And we saw him on his belly for the first time.

Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers!  We soooooo much appreciate your support and love!!!


The Bollinger Family

P.S. Zac and I changed his diaper for the first time on Friday.  We videotaped the whole thing.  It'll be great to show at his wedding someday :-)

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