Hi! we had a 30 week preemie who just turned 5!!!! last week. He has a diagnosis of mild cerebral palsy, but unless you were medically trained, you wouldn't know it. He is smart as a whip, too smart at times, coming up with questions that I have to look up the answers for
and will be starting kindergarten next fall. He had some delays in speech, mostly due to articulation and gets OT mainly for writing skills,as his muscles get tired.
Blood transfusion...going back that far in my mind...babies in utero depend on the mother's body to make their red blood cells until a certain point, but for preemies, the rbc that they are born with die off like normal but with no replacements as they can't yet produce their own, hence the need for the transfusion. It did help immensely, even though he wasn't "sick" before he got it. Emotionally, it was difficult for me though, as we were not able to donate (my husband is +, ds and I are -, and I was too ill from PE to be allowed to donate plusa not enough time) and knowing that someone else was providing what I felt I should have been giving him (because I should still have been pg) was hard. As timing would have it, I had hit the "I failed" stage of grieving at about the same time as the transfusion, and I had to leave the room. The staff did stress the extra safety measures that blood for sick babie's is subjected to, which made me feel better.
Hang in there, you will get through it, and although the days may seem long now, they will be a blur in memory.