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the eric update - day 75: no clarity on the plummeting platelets. expensive babysitters. hearing good!

there's not too much new to report today on the plummeting platelet and elevated bilirubin issues. his direct bilirubin dropped quickly back to its previous mildly elevated levels which is being interpreted to mean that the spike was due to the blood transfusion. so that's good news. however, his platelet count dropped another 10K and his hanging around 60K. the good news is that it's not dropping anymore. the bad news is that it's not increasing and there's no clear evidence yet as to what might have caused the drop. if you squint at the graph of his platelet counts over the past couple of weeks, you can maybe see a decline that's tough to discern through the noise which finally becomes apparent when it drops quickly below 100K. a gradual decline would fit into the theory that posits that the bone marrow was gradually shifting production away from platelets and towards red blood cells before his transfusion to help satisfy the demand for RBCs. thankfully, he's not presenting with any other signs of a viral infection, which you might remember could also be causing the abnormal lab results.

kris and i actually spent very little time in the nicu ( and by very little, i mean less than 5 hours :-) ), which felt quite strange. the nurses have become much more assertive with their recommendations that we take advantage of the world's most expensive babysitters while we still can and finish up all the unfinished business that needs to get done before little odin comes home.

oh. i almost keep forgetting to mention that odin passed his hearing test with flying colors!

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9/17/2004 11:03:00 PM 2 comments


I have been reading since a couple weeks after Odin was born...checking in every day up until 3 weeks ago when I had a baby boy myself. I haven't been able to read about the progress that much since then, so what a surprise to check in today and see that Odin is nursing and breathing on his own! The pictures of him with NO TUBES are beautiful! It brings tears to my eyes thinking about how good he looks now compared to those early pictures. I'm so happy for all of you!

I think of your family often these days as I look at my 3 week old baby, who was born 8 days after his due date. He seems so small and helpless to me (and he's even my second child, but oh how I've forgotten!)...I try to imagine how small Odin must be and at the same time think about how much bigger he is than those first pictures showed.

Keeping you guys (and your job sit.) in our prayers...

By Blogger Unknown, at 4:28 PM  

Cool to hear about the hearing. Any mention of a carseat tests?

Update on the house? Are you ready? (I'm thinking you should be!) It is recommended that you not paint the inside of your house for (at least) two years. No pressure, though ;)

How is the job hunt? What exactly does your company do?

By Blogger Robb, at 8:21 PM  

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