On the fourth day of Christmas, the NICU gave to me: four brain surgeries, three minute scrubs, two blood transfusions, and a micropreemie in an isolette.
As long time readers of this blog will know, Little Miss Minion developed hydrocephalus after a bout of sepsis and meningitis. There is no cure for hydrocephalus, only treatments, and those treatments involve brain surgery. When she was about two months old, weighing in at about four pounds, she had her first surgery to place a shunt to drain the excess fluid from her brain. One month later, she had a revision because the shunt had failed. Two weeks after that, she had an ETV procedure to open up the spaces between the ventricles and to create a drain as a backup, and a month after that, she had a second shunt placement.
Some hydro patients will have only a few surgeries in their lifetime, and some have had hundreds. We are currently 13 months out from her last surgery, and hopefully we will be good for a long time.