Maddy also plumped up nicely. She's now 8 lbs 9 ozs and eating impressive amounts. Her reflux is another story. The poor kid gets pretty frantic after feeds, and it's not uncommon for it to take a solid two hours to calm her down and get her to sleep. She's taking some medicine for the reflux -- basically the same stuff that's in Zantac. She's only been on it for a day, and we haven't seen a major break through yet. Hopefully she'll turn a corner soon. If Maddy can mellow out a little after feedings, life will instantly become 30% easier.
Milo also had a follow-up eye exam on Tuesday, which made for a very busy day. After their pediatric visit, I had to drive Milo to San Ramon (about 40 minutes away) for the appointment. That's when the fun started. Infant eye exams are pretty painful to watch. The doc used those crazy spreaders on the little guy's eyes -- it was like something out of A Clock Work Orange. To add to the whole adventure, a pipe burst in the men's room while I was changing Milo. I was about two-thirds of the way through his diaper change when water started pouring in from the ceiling. Quite an adventure. The good news is that Milo's eyes continue to improve. His retinopathy has resolved in his right eye, and it's now just mild in the left. With any luck, he'll only need one more exam.
Finally, we received the invoice for Milo's hospital stay. (Drum roll.) As predicted it exceeded $2 million ($2.1 million to be exact), and that doesn't include the billing for the doctors or several other items. All in all, I think we may hit the $5 million mark for both kids. We love you Tricare! We'll be providing the NICU staff with a giant novelty check sometime in the near future. We'll just post-date that til next pay day.