Joshua- 4 months

Joshua- 4 months
March 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tuesday 1-5-10....

(12-30-09 first time on the bouncer)
Joshua's G-Tube surgery will take place on Tuesday (1-5-10). It will be a 5-7 day recovery, then we can get properly trained using the G-Tube. We are excited that we might be home in about 2 weeks, but at the same time very nervous.

During rounds today our neonatologist warned us about the severity with anyone in close contact with Joshua should be vaccinated with at least the flu shot. Joshua will leave the hospital with a "lung disease" because of his undeveloped left lung. He will have a full recovery once our pulmonary doctor removes his oxygen tube, but it can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Our doctor firmly stated if Joshua gets the flu or H1N1 he will be emitted back into the NICU. He will have to be intubated and hooked up to all the same machines again like when he was first born. He made sure that we were aware that he is still considered a "sick" baby, and he needs to fully recover before we have him out and about. He wanted us to make sure all family members and friends (especially children) are vaccinated with at least the flu shot if they want to be around Joshua .

It only takes one bad germ to put Joshua in a critical condition and back in the hospital NICU @ TCH, for something that can be prevented. Joshua will leave from the hospital with his RSV vaccination but cannot get the flu or HIN1 until he is 6 months old.

So we as parents who love our baby boy have to be VERY STRICT with anyone who would like to come visit Joshua once we are home. We do not want to insult anyone in any way but we have to be especially careful with Joshua and request for anyone who would like to come visit Joshua to make sure they have there Flu shot before they plan to come over (especially children). We are sorry for any inconvenience and appreciate the understanding.

What is RSV?
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a highly contagious virus which is quite prevalent during the winter months. It is transmitted primarily by hand-to-nose, hand-to-mouth, and hand-to-eye contact. The severity's of the symptoms vary depending upon the age of the child and whether he has any chronic medical problems. Because RSV is so prevalent and it may cause very serious illness in some children, it is considered the most important childhood infection of the respiratory system. Thus, a lot of research is currently being done to investigate the best way to prevent and treat this disease.


  1. Jose/ Melissa... He is getting more adorable each day... Joshua and you guys are still in my prayers... You are both awesome parents...

  2. The pic is so so cute. He is starting to look like a little man. How happy you must be that Joshua is coming home.

  3. Happy New Year Joshua, Jose and Melissa. I hope your new year is filled with happiness and love.

  4. Happy New Year! We are happpy to hear he is getting closer to going home.

  5. Happy New Year Joshua,Jose and Melissa.Hugs and Kisses we missed you'll and yes still praying, pic are cute Joshua is getting big.