Hello! I hope this community will grow in numbers as word gets out.
I'm Cathy, and my son Colin is a former micropreemie. Colin was born at 22 weeks 2 days gestational age weighing 1 lb. 1 oz. and was 11 1/2 inches. He is now 20 months/16 adjusted and weighs 20 lbs. 11 oz.
Colin spent one week shy of 8 months in the NICU and dealt with a plethora of issues and 5 surgeries throughout his stay. He had his first surgery at 6 days old to place some penrose drains to stave off infection from necrotizing entercolitis. His second surgery was to create an ostomy from the perforated bowel, and he eventually had this reversed at about 6 months/2 months adjusted.
Colin also had laser surgery to correct ROP and had a PDA ligated. And just to top it off, he developed a chylothorax during his stay, which put us even further back on eating. When he came home, he was on a nasal cannula for about 6 months to help with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, but he has been off O2 since June.
Despite all of those issues, Colin is now extremely healthy and is doing better than we ever could have possibly hoped for. Today, he is still delayed more than 25 percent in most areas and has regular physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. We were very lucky to have avoided IVH, which has helped immensely in his development. Today, he is walking, beginning to talk and is transitioning to table foods.
So that's a bit about Colin. Please feel free to post your own introduction and stories.