Dr. Neka on life, love, and her journey as a NICU mama

I'm back in the office! Yes, it’s true! I’m back to examining eyeballs! 2017 was quite a year. After our son’s 2 month NICU stay in Aurora and another 2 month NICU stay in Boston following his birth in August, we are finally back in Longmont. Our son has endured some major operations and still has quite the journey ahead of him, with another upcoming surgery in February. The good news is that, after two incredibly long and complex surgeries, his esophagus is now fully connected. However, it does not function properly, as every bit of milk that is put into his stomach via his g-tube (stomach tube) comes right back up, so we are feeding him via a tube through his intestines right now. Apparently this is common in babies with esophageal atresia. We are hopeful that his next surgery will help with this terrible reflux and move him back to his g tube feeds and hopefully later on to eating by mouth. Learning to eat by mouth will be quite a journey in itself, but we have faith that he will get there. The most important thing is that he is happy. When you look at him, you would have no idea what he has been through. Since Kian’s birth, he has taught me so much about life and love. The most important being that I can either choose to live life as if nothing is a blessing or as if everything is a blessing. And it turns out when the latter is chosen, it paves the way for a much more meaningful and happy life.

I want to take a moment to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for continuing to support my small business during this unexpected lengthy time that I needed to be away. We would not have made it another year in business without you, your continued business, and of course without the wonderful care provided by Julie, Brittany, and Dr. Garcia while I was out. I hope to see you all soon!


Dr. Neka Amato