Firstly a huge thank you to the many touching messages of love and support that you have sent for Baby Charlie and our family. I promise that I’ll get around to replying to them all- it means so much to Alex and me that you thinking of us and sending those good vibes.
And the wonderful news is that your good vibes appear to be working. I don’t want to speak too soon as it’s still early days but the doctors told us last night that Charlie is doing really well and he seems to be beating the Meningitis. His temperature is stable, his color is good, his weight is going up (that’s my boy!), his white blood count, although still high, continues to go down and he’s feeding and pooping really well.
The other great news is that his APGAR score has gone up considerably. At birth his APGAR score, which stands for Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity and Respiration and is used to measure a baby’s health condition at birth, was 2/10. Hence why the doctors were so alarmed and sent him directly to the NICU.
Well, yesterday it was 9/10… so as you can see, there’s room for improvement*. Apparently hardly any babies get 10/10, but I’m sure with some private tutoring and a personal trainer we can do it. After all, we’ve got to start filling out college application forms for him pretty soon.
Of course he still has at least 10 days left in the NICU but at least yesterday was a day closer to Charlie joining his family at home.
Things are getting easier with the hospital run too. While Alex spends the morning at the hospital feeding Charlie, I look after Max. In the afternoon we swap as I head to the hospital with a fresh batch of breast milk and Alex hangs out with Max. Then in the evening we both spend time with Charlie while some wonderful friends babysit Max. Last night Auntie Orly and Uncle Jared learned the hard way that Max is not yet properly potty trained.
Again, a huge thank you for all your kind words of encouragement- I hope to have more good news to share with you soon.
*Anna and Ed, that one’s for you!