I'll first begin though with an update on my baby boy.
Bryce is such a strong little boy. He still has a fever but it remains at or below 100. He does have a cough that is getting worse but the doctor told us to expect this. I hate that I know he doesn't feel well. He coughs and then looks up at me with the saddest little, tired eyes. It breaks my heart, as I'm sure most of you are all too familiar with. I can only hope and pray that it will get better instead of worse as I'm seriously beginning to worry that he needs more oxygen due to this more and more frequent hacking.
All in all though I feel that Bryce is on the mend and continuning to once again prove his fierce toughness.
So to the business. A couple of things:
I tried unsuccessfully to find a link to this great story we saw on ABC news tonight. It featured Dr. Lee (the neurosurgeon who originally placed Bryce's VP shunt) doing a groundbreaking procedure to separate the two sides of a 16 month old Austin girl's brain, Aahlaya. The poor baby had "hundreds" of seizures per day. She's now home with her mom and thriving.
The doctors at Dell never cease to amaze me.
But I digress.
Which brings me to my other point.
The March of Dimes.
Do you know that before Bryce was born I literally had no idea what purpose the March of Dimes nor the Ronald McDonald house served? It's sadly true.
And now that I have first hand knowledge I am compelled to give back.
Premature birth is the #1 cause of newborn death in our country.
Though my doctors strongly suspect an infection caused Bryce's premature birth they have say nothing for sure. They insist that should I ever attempt to have another baby my pregnancy and care would be drastically different.
I believe it is imperative that we find out why premature births happen and how we can prevent them.
I have created a March of Dimes team, in honor of Bryce, that will be raising money for this cause. My goal is to raise $1,000. It is a meager goal but one I feel is only the beginning of a life long cause.
By supporting Bryce's team you can show that you care about this cause too. That you believe that although Bryce may be a preemie he is a lucky one that decades of medical breakthroughs made possible. That you want to be a part of the generation that saved millions of babies lives. That there is hope for future generations.
Bryce's team, BAM, will be walking in the March of Dimes on May 8th at Auditorium Shores here in Austin. We'd love it if you'd show your support by walking with us. And if you can't walk please donate. The money raised will support research and programs that will help moms like me have full-term pregnancies. What a thought! As well as bring comfort and much needed information to families with babies born too early.
Please, please, please help us by visiting Bryce's team website and contributing anything you can.