Well, looks like we have one more surgery to endure. Grady's surgeon will put the shunt back in tomorrow. After 3 weeks in the PICU, they will not try to reach the cyst on the right side. After many cultures and MRI's, Grady has been declared clear of infection and can have his shunt back. Funny how we cried and worried over him getting the shunt in the first place and now we can not wait until it is returned. He will be getting all new hardware so that will require three incissions. Poor little fella will have stitches in two places on his head and his tummy. His surgeon has been in Grady's head more than anyone ever imagined, including Dr. H. At least little G has had the same surgeon every time.
This is the first family picture we have had an opportunity to get. It took a little time to get everyone looking at the camera at the same time. You can just imagine trying to get them all to smile for the picture. Well, Grady didn't smile, he was a little curious about everyone trying to get into the bed with him. If we could read his mind, we would know that his big concern was who had his paci. The look on his face says, I will share my bed, but leave my bottle alone.
Our little man is taking 4 ounces now. He really seems to enjoy getting his bottles. All feeds are now given from a bottle. They call it add lib, but his nurse called it on demand. I like that a lot better. It sounds more like Grady. Taking the bottle away just to get a burp out of him causes Grady to turn a beautiful marroon color. Needless to say, he is not best pleased when you take his groceries from him even for a minute. Once he has his belly full, Grady does his leg lifts. Exercise time comes after every bottle. This is something that Grady started doing about two weeks ago. I guess he is trying to get a head start on his six pack.
I will let you know how the surgery goes and get some more pictures up. We are looking at the noon hour and it should take several hours. If I get the chance, I will update this from the hospital.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. God has placed you in our lives and we could not ask for a better extended family.