The loop

by cheryl@cheryl-campbell.com on August 11, 2013

As a new parent in the NICU, you have to become accustomed to a whole new vocabulary. There are so many medical terms to learn and understand. You get asked to advocate for your baby repeatedly, and you can’t do that without getting pretty scientific.

For instance, an intraventricular hemmorhage, or IVH for short, is bleeding in the ventricles of the brain. Preemies are given a head ultrasound fairly soon after birth to check for one. We first became familiar with this term when we were told the results of Audrey’s ultrasound that took place on November 26th.

The ultrasound found two hemmorhages, one on each side of her brain. The one on the left side was more severe, but they were both classified as grade II.

It was a huge blow. She has bleeding in her brain.  Erin was waiting with an information handout, and explained that grades I and II usually resolved on their own. Grades III and IV did not. They would do another ultrasound in 1 week to see if the hemmorhages had gotten worse. It was hopeful that they would not.

For the first time, I realized that my conviction that Audrey was going to speed through the NICU and come home faster than expected was a total pipe dream. I started to hope that she would simply come home.

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