What is his name?
We had chosen two names (No, we are not revealing the other name.) with the plan to look at him and decide which name better suited him. Since he had been so quickly whisked away, we weren't sure which to use. I ran up to his room to take some pictures so that Meade and I could select his name while the doctors finished their observations: (His toes are dark because the staff made ink footprints for us.)
We decided upon "Henry Louis" with the option to use the nickname "Hank," a name we also really like.
After we moved to a post-delivery room, we learned that Hank's problems were a lot more serious than anyone had initially suspected. He stopped breathing completely on a few occasions, and he began to have seizures. A CT scan showed that he had blood in the subdural and intraventricular areas of his brain. The former condition is fairly common in newborns, but the latter is rare and indicates injury to the brain.
Hank was connected to a device to help him breathe and administered drugs to try to get his seizures under control. We are able to see him whenever and as much as we want, and we are permitted to escort a single visitor in to see him at any time.
He looks so healthy and beautiful! Looking at him lying in bed, you cannot imagine that he is sick. He has a cleft chin, long fingers and toes, radiant pink skin – he is truly a magnificent sight. His jerky movements and labored breathing demonstrate that something is amiss, however, and we will spend as much time as is required to understand the details of his condition and what we can do to make him better. The initial focus of his care is to get him stabilized so that he can undergo an MRI. This test will hopefully help us to understand the extent of the injury to his brain.
We appreciate the enormous show of support from family and friends. Your thoughts and prayers are keeping us going in this trying time.