Jun 5, 2016 @ 23:49
One thing that you don't think of when having a premmie is, are their eyes going to be ok? Your brain automatically thinks of the lungs and main organs, just not the eyes. Premmie babies are more susceptible to eye problems, like short or long sited, blindness and a squint or lazy eye as it's known.
The technology in Children's hospitals these day is at the next level. Pictures of the eyeball are taken and kept on file to assist with changes over time. The follow-up program is fantastic, though time consuming as you have to allow up to 3 hours for your appointment and when you have to drive 2 hours to get to the hospital you have to make a day of it. Isabelle had check ups every 6 months from birth and last week we graduated. Her eyes are perfect and the ophthalmologist doesn't want to see us again ! This was the last hospital appointment we had to attend. The relief of knowing that our little Isabelle being born at 28+4, who is now almost 19 months, doesn't need to see the doctors anymore is the best thing ever. Yes we have annual checkups for development, for a couple more years, but the nitty gritty is complete.
I guess the 'fun' part is we now have to do the same thing for Penelope. But we know what to expect and when we get the all clear we are free from the white corridors and fluro lights and the smell of hand sanitiser. Though I do miss the smell of their hand sanitiser. I still smell it, I don't think it will ever leave me.
Its one thing having a newborn at full term and quite another having a premmie. Yes we spent weeks in hospital, but you learn so much. Actually there are things that we have learnt that most new mums wouldn't even know about or what the signs are to look for.
The lactation consultants, peadiatricians, nurses, doctors, specialists, they all teach you and explain things, show you signs and what to look out for. Nowadays you can have a baby and be out at home within 4 hours. I'm not sure if I could have done it that way? I have to know the ins and outs of how things are done and what I should look out for. Though I one day hope to walk in those shoes, but for now that seems like another book I am not sure I am ready to open.