Acute illness is not even a little cute.
Out of the 7 weeks Zacchaio has been home, 4 1/2 of those weeks have been spent struggling to overcome croup and two viral illnesses. There is a reason that babies under the age of 3 months aren’t supposed to get sick...When he first showed signs of acute illness, Zacchaio’s adjusted age was only one month, meaning his anatomy was the equivalent size of a one month old’s. His airways were small and he had a very difficult time handling the thick secretions in his lungs. This led to him having difficulty with the coordination of breathing, sucking, and swallowing while eating. This has subsequently led to frustration, a lack of interest in eating, and ultimately a decrease in his weight. He's maintained 10 pounds for the last month. The decrease in his weight is a concern for a couple of different reasons. One, he doesn’t have enough calories to fight off the infections, and two, stunted growth hinders lung development (hence perpetuating the cycle).
|Zacchaio with NG tube. (Placed 5/2/14)|
|A picture of Zacchaio's nevus skin at his dermatology appointment.|
He rocks his spots! And his overgrown man nipple... ;o)
|We didn't get to celebrate the Big Fat Greek Easter we had hoped for on account|
of Zacchaio being sick, but we made the best out of it!