Sunday, July 8, 2012

Last Week's Surgery

 At our routine pediatrician visit our doctor noticed Ollie's head was growing faster than normal. We saw a series of doctors in the upcoming week, and decided his shunt was blocked. We scheduled surgery for the following week. His symptoms increased and we had to move the surgery earlier. We tried a different procedure with hopes of not needing a shunt in the future, but unexpected circumstances made it impossible. They instead replaced the catheter of his shunt. We have been surprised how quickly his personality has changed back to his curious, active self.
 This was our first time in the big-kids unit instead of the infant unit.
We spent a couple of days at the hospital.
 It took 5 hours longer than expected to be discharged, so we were working hard to stay entertained. We went on lots of walks. We appreciated that they allowed us to go wireless often.
 We have missed these cuddles since Ollie was a newborn, so we enjoyed the times he wanted to sleep in our arms instead of his bed.
Oliver loved all of the gadgets throughout the room. Here he is with the ear thermometer.


  1. He is getting so big! And even cuter by the day! What a big boy to go through all of that, and how lucky he is to have you as parents. I LOVE the first picture of him with his little walker-what a stud! Can't wait to see him in person again, hopefully soon. Lots of love!

  2. I'm sorry to hear that Ollie had to go to the hospital, but I'm glad he's doing okay! Also, it just occured to me for the first time (as I typed that) how similar our kids' names are - Ollie and Ellie. I swear we didn't try to steal your name! :) And Ollie is SO cute!

  3. He is the cutest child in the world, I swear! Hope all is going well now! You guys are awesome

  4. I totally work on the NTU!! When were you guys there?? I am sorry Ollie had to have surgery!! If you are ever up on the NTU again let me know!! I hope all is well. :)

  5. I didn't know you worked there! We were there the few days before and on the 4th. Unfortunately, the fact that he still has his shunt means that we have a 50% chance of being back there within the year and an 80% chance of being back within the next 5. I would LOVE to have you as our nurse in the future!