Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day 6 Update

1st smile we've seen since surgery!!!

Well it is only 10:00AM on Post op day 6, but our day has already been SO much better.  Cain had three bowel movements (yes, I understand that may be more information than Cain would like for me to share but they are a big deal around here) through the night and he does not seem to be in as much pain from his chest tubes and shoulder/back area that bothered him so much the last few days.  He managed to eat three mini-pancakes and drink a little milk without vomiting.  

He has been spitting out some of his “Cain Japanese babble” to us, acting goofy with his Bob the Builder hat on, and yes…..has even smiled a few times.  

We were so excited to see smiles we did anything and everything to keep them coming.  Even if it took his Daddy pretending to be Elmo.

He did have another IV line go bad so he will have another line put in today, which is never fun.  I actually woke up this morning at 5:30AM to Cain screaming as the nurse was trying to find a vein.  She poked him once and it didn't work so she decided to let IV therapy come in later this morning and do it.  It appears it will be another day before they try and remove his other two chest tubes, but it is clearly going to be a better day just by the way Cain is acting today.  

I started this post yesterday (Saturday) and just now getting to finish it up today (Sunday)

The rest of our day was just as great as the morning.  Cain seemed to feel well all day and we saw many smiles throughout the day.  It was so good to feel like I finally had my boy back.  I had missed that sweet smile SO MUCH!  IV Therapy came in and they were able to get a line in on their first try.  I just pray that line continues to work so we can avoid more pokes.  I have not enjoyed that part at all.  

We also had our favorite nurse yesterday so that always makes it a good day.  Since Cain was feeling a little better she suggested we take Cain on a wagon ride.  

We couldn't stay gone long but we were able to stroll him around for about 30 minutes.  There is an outdoor area on our floor so we took him outside for some fresh air.  I think it did us all some good.  

Cain has been on a liquid diet until today.  We finally gave food a try again and by the end of the day he had taken bites of pancakes, a banana, pizza, grilled cheese sandwich, mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, and of course  ketchup...his favorite.  I couldn't believe he tried so much but who can blame him after not eating solid food in almost a week.  

Thank you so much for all your prayers.  I know many of you will enjoy seeing this smile as much as we did.

Also notice that he is not on oxygen anymore.  Completely just room air now and haven't used oxygen in over 24 hours!  


shauna said...

I have tears reading this update, that smile is the sweetest!

Carly said...

what a sweet sweet little boy. he's so dang cute too. how are his stats? i'm so glad to keep seeing updates of him getting better without setbacks! love that.

Kathy said...

SUCH GOOD NEWS! And such an adorable little guy. So glad to see those sweet smiles and know he is feeling so much better. Prayers continue for rapid healing.

Two Little Bugs and a Bichon said...

Paxton, Kellen,and I just read the post...the boys were pointing to his chest saying cain's boo-boo and naming all the food he has eaten!!! So glad to see a smile, but who wouldnt be happy after 3 poopie diapers?!!! Tell Cain P&K have a special surprise for him when he gets out!

For Our Brave Heart, Sam said...

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good to see the smiles! Praying those chest tubes come out soon, since I'm sure those are the cause of most of the pain at this point. I'm impressed by all the food he's eating! Keep it up!


Great pics! It looks like he's on the up and up! Way to fight Cain! We keep praying that his recovery may be swift and that he is in less and less pain each and every day. Prayers also that those JPs stop draining...we know what that's all about. Hope they can come out soon!

3 "A's" and a "B" said...

Such a sweet smile to see!!!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!

The Heberts said...

He looks great! I'm lovin' all his sweet smiles! Your Mom looks great, too!

Emery Wilkerson said...

Sweet sweet smile!!!! So glad things are improving!!

Lisa L. said...

So glad to see that Cain is recovering well from his Fontan surgery. He looks great and you are doing an amazing job finding ways to get him to take his meds! I'm keeping track of your tips, as our daughter, Mila, has her Fontan surgery next summer. It's wonderful to hear that Cain is recovering well and is back at home. Looking forward to reading more updates.