Praise God!! Zachary has completed his antibiotic cycle and had his PICC line removed today! He's now tube and wire free, and we can put some clothes on our little "naked baby".
We also received word from Dr. Wilkinson that his back is healing nicely, and he will be able to come home and have Mommy and Daddy finish his treatment. Zachary has a head ultrasound scheduled for Friday to verify that his shunt is still functioning properly, and once the docs give him clearance after reading the results, he can come home!! Finally, our little fighter can enjoy his home, and his very own nursery. He might meet with the orthopedic surgeon Friday to have his feet cast as well, so things are lining up wonderfully.
Today was another feeding frenzy. He entertains the nurses each day with his appetite, and they get a kick out of feeding him such "huge" amounts. Zach probably doesn't eat more than the average baby, but so many of the children in the NICU are in a struggle just to survive, and they eat so little each day, that the nurses aren't used to big appetites. We enjoy the feeding time, and the nurses seem to enjoy it too, so that makes Zachary a very loved little boy.
After a couple of feedings today, Mommy and Daddy had a nice early dinner, then headed back to the NICU and got Zach down for the night. It's doubtful any member of the Zurliene's will be awake to ring in the New Year tonight, but we wish you all a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2009. Our Love to You All (enjoy the short video!) - Brian + Kimmie