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Timothy Update [May. 13th, 2007|04:20 pm]
Nicodemus
Timothy is still in the Neonatal ICU. A tube was put into his chest to remove the air bubbles outside the lungs, making it easier for the lungs to operate. This helped but he was still unable to breate normally.

The doctor has determined that he's got RDS, which is basically underdeveloped lungs. The lungs don't expand properly as he breathes because the lining and structure didn't have a chance to fully grow while he was still in the womb. This is a situation particularly prevalent in premature babies since the lungs are one of the last parts to really develop.

He's been put on a ventilator which is injecting a mix of 60% oxygen into his lungs. He's also receiving medicine to stimulate the lung development and some relaxants to ensure he isn't in pain or straining too much. He just needs some extra time to catch up.

Although the situation is fairly serious, he's been responding well to treatments. He's also at a very healthy body weight and otherwise seems to be well. But it's very hard to watch him there, as he's hooked up to machines and we can't do anything else to help him.

On the plus side, Kit's doing very well. She was discharged from the hospital today in good condition.

And thanks, everyone, for the kind words. Even though I haven't had time to respond to all the comments on my entries, they are appreciated!


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[User Picture]From: gilmorelion
2007-05-13 11:46 pm (UTC)
I'll pray for little Timothy for you. Keep your chin up. :)
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[User Picture]From: audiwulf
2007-05-14 12:10 am (UTC)
I do hope everything goes well and the young master is up to snuff soon!
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[User Picture]From: yippee
2007-05-14 12:47 am (UTC)
CongRATulations, and best wishes on Timothy's speedy recovery!
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[User Picture]From: aeto
2007-05-14 12:51 am (UTC)
*virtual hugs* to both of you... I wish you (and little Tim) the best. My thoughts will be with you all...
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[User Picture]From: rubbertexcooper
2007-05-14 01:18 am (UTC)
I hope he pulls through ok. =( *HUGSSSSS*
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[User Picture]From: farraptor
2007-05-14 02:15 am (UTC)
Belated congradulations to you and Kit. A good name, too. He'll be dealing with the "Timmmmmmay!" southpark jokes in no time (at least that's what I always have to deal with).

I wish him the very best of speedy recoveries; sounds like he's in good hands.

Take good care, Nick!

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[User Picture]From: furahi
2007-05-14 02:15 am (UTC)
*hugs* Hope he continues to respond well to treatment
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[User Picture]From: agentmiss
2007-05-14 03:39 am (UTC)
He's so very cute and stripy. Everyone up here is thinking about Timothy and the two of you. Hopefully he'll be keeping you up all night in the more traditional way before you know it!
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2007-05-14 03:40 am (UTC)
I'm hoping that everything comes out ok.
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[User Picture]From: patch_bunny
2007-05-14 03:57 am (UTC)
Like bunnies, it appears rats also have some more development time outside the womb. He even still lacks fur! That, too, will grow. :)
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[User Picture]From: badwox
2007-05-14 04:41 am (UTC)
Why do I have a picture of Kit bringing him home in a pink and baby blue bunny suit now? :)
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[User Picture]From: badwox
2007-05-14 04:40 am (UTC)
My thoughts and best wishes are with you all.
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2007-05-14 04:49 am (UTC)
glad to hear that he is responding well...I am sure everything will be fine.

my thoughts and wishes are with you!
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2007-05-14 06:23 am (UTC)
Continuing to send good thoughts...
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[User Picture]From: wolfstoy
2007-05-14 07:24 am (UTC)
*hugs* I can't imagine how tough all of this must be. My best wishes go to all three of you.
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2007-05-14 12:49 pm (UTC)
I'm praying for Timothy. And for you two as well. Hang in there guys. And congrats again.
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[User Picture]From: ladycrim
2007-05-14 05:20 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear he's responsing to treatments. Sending good thoughts, vibes, and prayers to you all!
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[User Picture]From: cateriona
2007-05-14 05:59 pm (UTC)
Don't worry. Breathing takes practice. I have no doubt that Timothy will get basic breathing down only to start complaining when he starts to learn how to play an instrument when he'll have to learn how to breath all over again. Frankly, I started with problems in basic breathing and now have mastered seven different types. Oh, and parents, remember to breath out everything is going to be fine.
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[User Picture]From: brandywine93
2007-05-14 11:36 pm (UTC)
he's just sooo cute!!! continuing to send healthy breathing wishes to him.

i can't help it - i have to say it... Look what you two made!!!!! :-D (i'm still all giggly and excited that he finally has joined us out here)
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[User Picture]From: ankhorite
2007-05-16 04:34 am (UTC)

Timothy!

Sweetbabyboy. Savant and I will be thinking of him. S is having surgery of his own tomorrow, minor but a bit unexpected and rushed, which is why you haven't heard from him directly. But he sends his congratulations and concern to all three of you.
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