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Our Oliver

I went into labor when I was 23 weeks pregnant, somewhere in the middle of our 1000 mile move from Illinois to Colorado.  We made it to Denver, and after being stabilized at one hospital, I was transferred to University of Colorado Hospital across town because they had a better NICU.  Labor was stopped for a week, and Oliver Patrick was born at 24 weeks, weighing 1 lb. 5 oz.

Oliver spent the first few weeks on a ventilator, and it was touch and go at times. He slowly weaned off of it to SiPap first, and then CPAP, and now he's on a high flow cannula. He developed pneumonia at 3 weeks, but it responded well to antibiotics.  He does have severe Chronic Lung Disease, which we will continue to deal with for the first two to three years the doctors tell me.

Oliver is now 12 weeks old and weighs 5 lbs. 3 oz. He is currently undergoing drug therapy for ROP. Hopefully this will push off laser surgery for as long as possibly to give his lungs a chance to develop better before going back on a ventilator.  He is starting to nurse pretty well, and takes a bottle one or two times a day, but most of his feedings are still by tube. He still needs pressurized oxygen to keep his stats up.

Oliver was due on December 16, and the plan is now to hopefully have him home by the end of the year. We're hoping nothing else crops up before then, and that the eye surgery does not push him too far backwards.

- L. D.


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