A week before Easter, Reed was rushed to Vanderbilt Hospital because he went completely limp at his night feeding and non-responsive. Ryan and I rushed Reed over to our next door neighbor's house, who is a nurse at VU, and banged on their door. Reed never quit breathing but he was very lethargic and totally limp. I cannot explain to you the fear that Ryan and I felt at that moment. I really and truly thought that out little Reed was not going to make it. Of course our first thought was that his heart was failing. I do not know how many of you have ever experienced an emergency situation with your child but it is fear that I NEVER want to experience again!
To make a really long story shorter, Reed had chronic and acute bleeding on his brain and bleeding behind his eyes. We have no idea what caused this and neither do the doctors.
They decided to drain off the blood around his brain on Sunday night around 6 pm. Here are some more battle wounds to add to Reed's many other scars! I think I am going to get Aunt Tina to shave his hair completely except leave a mohawk down the middle! What do you think?!?
The following Monday and Tuesday were very scary for us. Reed was not himself at all. His eyes would go to one side and completely stop for several minutes. They hooked him up to an EEG to check for seizure activity and he was having seizures. The doctors think this may be due to the blood irritating his brain and they can also be caused from the bur holes that were done in his brain to remove the blood. He is now on a low dose of seizure medicine but this will probably be temporary.
Our big prayer request now is for Reed to regain his full sight back. With retinal hemorrhaging, it can take weeks to months for the body to reabsorb the blood back. We have faith that this too will heal itself but Reed needs all the prayers that he can get:-) He is normal Reed but he just does not fix and follow with his eyes so we do not know what all he can see. This is going to require a lot of patience on our part too to patiently wait for his vision to return!
Braden is exhausted too from his brother being in the hospital. I cannot express to you the joy that this little guy brings to us when going through these stressful times. He has made these past 5 months much more manageable for us. Braden has been such a flexible baby to be on the go for so much during his first five months. We are so thankful to have him in our lives with Reed.
Happy Late Easter! (which was spent at the hospital) Hopefully, next year's Easter will be much more enjoyable!Reed at home enjoying his bouncy seat. For some reason, he and Braden love to slide all the way down in their seats and hang onto the bird for dear life. I guess that is why these chairs come with straps! Where Reed gets to sit during dinner when he gets tired of the bouncy seat:-)
Even though Reed does not necessarily look right at us, we can still get that sweet smile out of him! My favorite picture of the week....Reed's skinny foot on the left and Braden's 'full' foot on the right!
Thank you again for all the comments left on our blog....they are such an encouragement to Ryan and me. Please pray for Reed's continued improvement and also for his eyes to regain full sight! God is good!!