Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Another Milestone

Well, one of the Coats' boys reached a milestone today.  Unfortunately, it's a milestone that we would have gladly waited for.  Little Sean has a broken leg!!  Preemies are susceptible to brittle bones aka rickets.  Something as simple as a diaper change can break a leg.  Well, it looks like Little Sean's leg got broken last night.  The orthopedic doctor is going to put him in a splint that immoblize his leg.  He is currently getting tylenol and morphine for the pain.  The concern is that this might be a big set back for him.  The doctors and nurses are trying to balance pain control and keeping his respiratory drive (too much pain medicine can cause him to "forget" to breath!).  Too much trouble breathing and he will have to go back on the vent.  :( 

Ok, so now we need some good news!  Both Sean and Colton had their first eye exam today.  Preemies are screened for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).  At this time, both boys have NO SIGNS of ROP.  Because they are so little, they will have another eye exam in two weeks.  :)

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