First, a thank you for supporting us with your prayers. There is a lot of love in these rooms! Now, for the progress report...I apologize in advance if we didn't tell you that it was coming, but things have been hectic lately. Thomas was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, with enlarged ventricles (fluid spaces in the center of the brain) two weeks ago. The pediatrician, following orders from the hospitals neonatalogist, kept a close watch on his rapidly growing head and when he jumped from the 40th percentile to the 90th, suggested a ultrasound and MRI to check his noggin. MRIs take images of the head as if it was sliced front to back and also from the top down, very discovery channel-ish. The MRI showed the enlarged venticles and his surgery to install a shunt to carry fluid away from the brain was performed yesterday. The shunt is a very small tube, about the size of a coffee stirrer with a valve about the size of a half a pack of paper matches. He won't be playing football, but otherwise should lead a normal life afterwards; well, as normal as it gets in the Foltz household, but I digress. The operation took about 25 minutes and went very smoothly. Thomas will have a CT (cat) scan today and should be home tonight, unless the nurses realize he is the best baby in the world and try to keep him. Thanks to everyone who lent their positive thoughts during this time, and if you didn't know about it and feel left out, please don't be offended and lend your positive thoughts toward his recovery and his learning that dark=night=sleepytime and light=daytime=it's ok to wake your mom and dad up with screams for more food!!!!
Patrick and Nancy