From day one, Niklas has been a mystery. It's actually something I like about him, unpredictability means there lies within the ability to beat the odds. Niklas was the only one who came out of the womb crying, which is a great sign. He had the mysterious PIE (lung condition) that would just not go away, but suddenly did. And the past week has been no exception. Earlier in the week, his brain scan showed an increase in ventricle size after seemingly improving on the previous scan. As a result, serial lumbar punctures were administered in hopes of relieving the pressure. Today we were told that they found Group B Strep present in his spinal fluid. This is a very very serious form of meningitis. Greta and I were at our wits end. But here's the thing, the whole time the kid's vitals were fantastic. He was down to room air on his cannula (oxygen turned all the way down), his temperature was fine, he was eating well and exhibiting no signs of discomfort. In other words, he was showing no signs of infection! In addition, this infection was not initially present in the fluid, it sort of grew in a "petrie dish" over the course of a couple of days. So, they are not totally sure if the infection was there or not, but irregardless they started clobbering it with antibiotics before there was even an increase in white blood cells. So, there is part of me that thinks that this increase in ventricle size may have really been a blessing in disguise allowing the doctors to find something that they otherwise would not have found until symptoms started to appear. Another scan is going to be performed on Tuesday. If it is the same or a little better we will continue to watch. If it is worse, it may be time for a reservoir to be used to drain some additional fluid.
Today was a good day for the other two. We were told yesterday that Lukas may have a stomach infection, but X-Rays today showed improvements and he is going to start his feedings again tonight or tomorrow. Also, Gabbie breastfed for the first time today and knew exactly what to do! I wasn't there to see it, but Greta said it was amazing. She really is the show off of the group, especially since a 32.5 weeker should not even know how to suck or swallow yet.