Friday, November 5, 2010

First Snow

Today we were suprised with a couple of inches of Lake Effect snow. Mikan loved it even though his walker kept collecting everything in the wheels, making it difficult for him to move around. He wailed when we had to go back inside.

Mikan's ENT appointment this week went well. She said his tonsils are medium-sized, but because he is showing no clinical signs of needing them removed, she wants to wait and see how they develop. She also said she would prefer to repeat the sleep study after his stoma revision so that she knows his airway is clear. This way we can determine if his disturbances were caused by his tonsils or if his capped trach was the main culprit. With a clear airway we hope to get more definitive answers.

Mikan also had good sound movement in both of his ears. He didn't have any fluid either, so the ENT said she didn't think tubes were necessary now. Since Mikan's vocalizations have been taking off, she said that is a good sign that his ears are staying clear. This is something we'll keep an eye on over the winter.

So, right now Mikan will only be having a stoma revision at the end of the month. She will remove any tissue that collapsed in his airway during the natural healing process, then stich up the tissue on the insides so he will have more room for air exchange. She will also use a flexible scope to make sure his airway is clean since she's discontinued his reflux med.

Mikan also was visited by a teacher from the School for the Blind in Indianapolis. She reviewed with us some vision services that he should receive in his preschool. Because he is making so much progress, this is an area that is easy to overlook. Mikan has trouble making eye contact due to a problem with visual processing in his brain, a result of his retinopathy of prematurity. With therapy and practice, this is expected to improve as he grows. Because he is only just now learning to be verbal, he hasn't quite coordinated all the components of being social. He relies on his signs and doesn't use eye contact. Right now we are looking for vision therapy that will help him with this and doing some research on our own.

Mikan and Grandma watching a Signing Time video.


Alicia said...

So glad to hear that his ears are good. I'm hoping and praying the stoma revision and sleep study go well and his airway gets a clean bill of health!

I love the snow pictures, I can tell he was having a blast!

MoDBarb said...

So glad to hear Mikan is doing so well. I love your creative way of getting him to eat! And it sounds like you've got yourself a real snow baby!
Thanks for getting the word out about Preemies. I wanted to let you know that we will be participating in the Bloggers Unite Fight for Preemies event on November 17th, Prematurity Awareness Day. I thought you might be interested in joining us. Here’s a link for more info and to sign up to help us spread the word: Nov. 17th is the day we all fight – because babies shouldn’t have to.

Michelle and Sean said...

He looks so cute and like such a grown up little guy!! Sounds like things are going pretty good!

Praying that the surgery goes well and the sleep study after that!!