Veronica had her first eye exam yesterday which we were somewhat anxious about. The majority of micro preemies have some form of ROP (retinopathy of prematurity), with the most severe cases resulting in permanent eye damage or possibly blindness. Veronica’s results were positive and there was no evidence of ROP. While ROP could still develop in the future, it should be able to resolve itself at that point without complications. This was great news to hear and one less thing to worry about.
Meanwhile, Veronica continues to grow. She currently weights 1080 grams (2 lbs, 6 oz). The goal is for her to gain on average 15-30 grams (.5 – 1 oz) per day. They have added more calories to the fortifier that is already mixed in with the breastmilk. This should help her gain weight a little faster without having to add more volume to a tiny little belly.
In another week or two, they will probably start transitioning Veronica from the bubble CPAP to room air. This will obviously be a huge step but there is no rush as the bubble CPAP is actually good for her in that it allows for the growth of lung tissue. Apparently the longer babies stay on bubble CPAP, the better they do once they come off. Another significant change will be feedings by mouth, which should start in about three weeks. And at some point, when Veronica is able to regulate her body temperature (which is more related to weight as opposed to gestational age), she will move from the isolette to an open crib. So lots of challenges but so much to look forward to over the next few months!!