The Home Stretch

The big news is that plastics stopped by today and approved Ezra to be discharged! His back is looking so good. It will still take a while to completely heal, probably more than a year. But at least he is able to heal at home instead of in the NICU.

Ezra's excited face

Tomorrow we will be doing some more test to make sure everything else is alright. These test Ezra needed to be able to be on his back to do. We will check his bladder with a VCUG test. They will basically fill his bladder and then watch how he pees. This will check to make sure his bladder is emptying completely and makeing sure everything is working alright, if it is not we may have to catheterize him about every 4 hours to help empty his bladder fully. Bladder and bowel control is connected through the lower spine, around the sacral level, because this part of the spine is damaged we don’t know exactly how it will work.

We will also have ortho come and look at his legs and hips to see if there is anything needed to be done, or any problems we need to know about.
Once these things and a couple other things are done we get to go home. Probably Thursday or Friday. If anyone is heading to Traverse City from Grand Rapids during that time let us know if you can help us bring some stuff back up. We somehow acquired more things living down here for 6 weeks.

Yesterday Ezra had another ultrasound to check his shunt. Right now it is working but might not be working as well as it should. If it stays this way he might need a revision. Just another thing to add to the prayer list. Thank you everyone for your prayers. We cannot wait to get home.

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