We follow the progress of Odin, a young boy that was born with a lot of the same challenges as Jack. He had the same ROP surgery that Jack had, and he was born 25 weeks, one week earlier than Jack. He’s a super-cutie. We’ve gained some strength from watching the Snowdeal clan work through the issues of preemie parenthood.
This week, Odin woke up and was having trouble seeing out of his right eye. Over the past several days, it’s become clear that he is in serious danger of having a retinal detachment, which leads to blindness. Sarah and I have been thinking about Odin all week, and we’re sending all our good vibes his way.
The thing thats scary about this is that Odin is 4 years old. And as Eric, Odin’s dad, eloquently put it: “day 1464: the long arm of prematurity reaches out and sucker punches us.”
That’s what really gets me. It may be years before we fully understand all the effects of Jack’s prematurity. And even as I strive to put it behind us and move on with the normal worries of parenthood, the reality is that there are unknown effects of prematurity that can take years to manifest.
I recognize that all parents worry about their kids. I get that. I mean, my mom says, “Just wait ’till he asks you for the car keys and says he’ll be home by 3:00am. Now that’s worry!”
But I feel like for us, there is another layer. We get to worry about all that normal parent stuff, plus we have to try not to obsess or project our preemie worries onto Jack.
Last thought. Snowdeal posse, we’re wishing you the best of luck, and reminding you that Odin is a very very tough cookie.