Mike&Ollie is the singular nickname given to preemie twins Isaac and Molly, who arrived four months too early in 1991 at 24 and 3/7ths week gestation. Born at 1 pound 8 ounces and 1 pound 10.5 ounces respectively, their journey from tiny preemie-hood through high school graduation is being chronicled in a memoir by their mom, writer Susan Bearman.
Isaac (Ike) and Molly spent more than four months on the Infant Special Care Unit at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL. To keep track of everything and help maintain her sanity while more than 100 specialists cared for her very sick babies, Susan kept a daily journal. This blog is a reproduction of those journal entries, posted day-for-day exactly 19 years after the fact. It begins on their birthday, November 17 and ends on their final day on the ISCU, March 26.
We realize that we have been extremely lucky and do not take that for granted. There are many risks and complications for very premature babies. Our hearts go out to those families who are facing these difficulties, or who have not been as fortunate as we have.