Monday, September 15, 2008

No More ROP!

Just wanted to provide encouragement for those families out there whose preemies have been diagnosed with stage 3 ROP in one or both eyes. This was the diagnosis we were facing in the NICU. After following up every week at a doctor who was about an hour away, we finally got the great news that Nic's retina had matured and the ROP was gone. No need for laser surgery! So, if your child has been diagnosed with ROP, please check out all your options. The longer you can put off the surgery the more time the eye has to mature. There is a risk of the retina detaching, so ask your doctor what the risks might be. We feel so fortunate that Nic was able to overcome this common preemie challenge.

Now we just have to see the ENT and find out why the hearing screens keep coming back inconclusive for the left ear. We'll keep you posted!

Babies for Barack! A Cry for Change

We are excited to get Nic one of these shirts. For the future of all babies, it's important that us parents vote for Barack!
Full disclosure, these shirts are made by my mother-in-law, who is very cool. Her site is full of great items for kids. She also made the artwork for our nursery. I think it is great to support independent designers and artists.

I had heard that Sarah Palin, despite having a child with special needs, has voted in the past to get rid of funding for special needs children's programs. This is really upsetting to me. I think we all know that as a busy politician, it is highly unlikely that Palin is actually the hands-on mom that is required of parents of children with special needs. I don't mean to sound so negative, but I imagine she has all kinds of help with childcare and nursing care that most moms have to do on their own — without the public praise that Palin has garnered.

Make this outfit or button your child's "Cry for Change!"