Hello, my name is Ryan Reid. I am the father of a newborn baby boy named Noah.
Noah got a rough start in life. He didn't cry at birth and was admitted to the special care unit right away. During his first night on earth he began having neonatal seizures which in time got worse. Noah was then transferred to one of the best hospitals in the country. He spent a week and a half there while they tried to figure out the cause of his seizures.
Finally, an MRI showed the clear markings of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy or HIE. Basically meaning that some parts of his brain were damaged at some point during pregnancy. Everything developed just fine, but areas of his brain were damaged due to a loss of oxygen at some point without a known cause.
This blog will be a record of Noah's progress though life. The worst part about having a child with HIE is not knowing how they will turn out. It is a waiting game plain and simple, and the worst kind of waiting game...
I hope that his story will help parents dealing with HIE or other brain related injuries their children may have. Seeing your child in the NICU, knowing they may never have a normal life is the hardest thing I have ever dealt with. And maybe seeing the story of another baby in your child's position may help you cope with the stress. And hopefully give you a feeling of hope that your child will be just fine, as I hope our story goes.