Wednesday, January 28, 2004

January 28, 2004

Unfortunately, Tuesday's eye exam didn't go well for the Fighter. Not only is his left eye worsening, but the right, which has been stable for the past month, is worse also. Dr. Varenhorst will continue to check him weekly for the time being and later consider a more invasive surgery involving surgically reattaching the retina. Another surgery would mean long anesthesia time, re-intubation and, due to the vascularity of his eyes, the possibility of hemorrhaging. I will continue to update you on his condition and in the meantime ask for your prayers that Jacob will come through this with enough vision to function. 

Mommy News: Today I officially resigned as proofreader for Feist Publications, Inc. Though I greatly enjoyed my job and those that I worked with, I decided to pursue an opportunity that would allow me to work from home. I work for as the Senior Editor. After training is completed, I will be working 75% of the time from home. I feel very blessed.

Monday, January 26, 2004

January 26, 2004

No updates in a week? I'm a terrible Mom! No, I'm kidding! We had some major problems going on with our computer, which prevented me from editing the site. Forgive me and please read on for the lasted on the Fighter. 

At 8lbs, the Fighter is doing great! Though he's nearing his 5-month birthday, he has just started acting like a newborn baby. Sleep through the night? No, not Jacob. But that's ok! He can sleep whenever he wants. We all know that's not the best way to get him on a schedule, but after all he's been through, why not let him do whatever he wants? After all, he deserves it.

- Jacob had an eye exam last Monday, which went well. His left eye, the one the Scleral Buckling surgery was performed on, isn't improving. The right eye on the other hand, is looking good. He will visit with Dr. Varenhorst again Jan 27th and will most likely continue weekly visits.

On Sunday, January 25th, a "thank you" note printed in the Wichita Eagle, Wichita's newspaper, thanking the staff of Wesley Medical Center's NICU for all they did for Jacob. The note read, "To the staff of Wesley Medical Center's NICU; Words cannot express our gratitude for your medical expertise and emotional support during the most difficult time of our lives. Because of you, our son, a 24-week preemie, is home healthy today. God bless you all. Sincerely, Brett and Trish Smith." Saying thank you in the newspaper was the least I could do for the people that kept my son alive and kept Brett and I emotionally stable. They are truly amazing.