Ollie is three weeks old today

Well, we are out of ICU. We’ve been out since yesterday morning, but since there haven’t been any beds on the regular floor, we’re still sitting in ICU. They did move us to another room though!

Oliver is doing great! They took him off O2 yesterday morning. At this point he is behaving normally, and is even breastfeeding again! (although we are still giving him pumped milk in a bottle as well) He is now on oral phenobarbital, and will be for a few months. He is also still on Methadone. He gets his last dose of Methadone at 2AM tonight, and can be discharged as early 12 hours after that, and I expect discharge to take some time, so I think the best case scenario is that we might be home around 6pm tomorrow (thanksgiving). Mind you, if he has the slightest bad reaction, they will keep us for at least 24 hours after the last dose, which puts us out on Friday.

He still has the PIC line in his head, and is keeping it “just in case” and getting a very low dose of IV fluid through it in order to keep the line open, but he no longer “needs” the fluid from the IV. His swelling is now almost all gone as well. He fits back in his size 1 diapers. It was wonderful to change his diaper this morning and discover he was almost back to normal size. Suddenly the size 3 diapers were swallowing him whole!

We’ve been told multiple times how amazed people are by his recovery, and how unlikely said recovery was. I’ve been told multiple times by medical professionals here at the hospital that they didn’t think he was going to make it, or that he would have died if we hadn’t already been in the hospital. We will have to watch him for seizures, and if he has one lasting less than five minutes, to contact the neurologist. If it’s more than 5 minutes, we need to go to the ER. He has a follow on appointment with the neurologist in January, and he has a doctor’s appointment with his regular doctor next Friday. Oliver’s recovery is truly a miracle, and something to be thankful for.

Thank you again for all your positive energy, prayers, and support.

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