Monday, May 30, 2011

Day 8 Update

The biggest event from our day is that my sweet baby girl turned 6 months old today.  I can't believe she is growing up so fast.  This half of a year has flown by.  I plan to do a post just for her very soon.

The other big event was that my parents had to head back to Louisiana today.  I was really sad to see them leave.  We are so thankful to have family who can drop everything and come help us when we need them.

I know my parents had a blast spending time with Callie but I'm also pretty sure she wore them out.  She can be handful.  Brad's stepsister is driving 11 hours from Louisiana today to come help us with her now that my parents are gone.  I seriously don't know how we would manage this without our families' support.

The worst part about our hospital stay is getting Cain to take his medicine.  Cain has taken daily medicine since birth and has always been a champ about it.     Now he's a mad man when he see me with a syringe of medicine.  It gets worse each day we are here.  He clenches his teeth, shakes his head back and forth, and is now starting to kick and hit me.  It's hard to know what to let him get away with.  I don't want him to think it's okay to hit and kick me but I also can't blame him for being sick of medicine and sick of people constantly messing with him.  This is just a handful of the syringes of medicine he has received this week.

He gets 8 regular medicines a day.  His chest tubes were still draining a lot on Sunday (60cc's) so they decided to increase his diuretics so he gets them more frequently and at higher does to hopefully dry him out.  He gets 3 diuretics; Lasix (4 x's a day), hydrochlorothiazide (3 x's a day), and Aldactone (2 x's a day).  He is also getting Tylenol as needed for pain, Oxycodone as needed for pain, Zofran for nausea, a baby aspirin once a day, and crushed up Potassium.  So that's 10+ syringes of meds he receives every day.  We have tried everything to get him to take them even mixing them with chocolate syrup.  I honestly don't think it's the taste of the medicine as much as he's just sick and tired of taking so much.  I hope he goes back to his normal ways once we are home and doesn't continue to fight me with meds.

His left chest tube drained 60cc's and his right chest tubes drained 16cc's on Sunday's day shift and on Monday's day shift they only drained 10cc's and 4cc's.  So, we are really hoping the chest tubes will be pulled on Tuesday.

From a cardiac standpoint his heart looks great.  Overall the heart function is great, the rhythm is good and his saturation's are around 89-90.  The only thing that is keeping him in the hospital is his chest tubes but that has started to dry up significantly so if we have no major changes I would think we will be home towards the middle or the end of the week.


Dawn said...

Oh my gosh I am in LOVE with that first picture of Callie!!!

Wife of the Pres. said...

I AM SO THANKFUL YOU ARE HOME!!! Day 10 is AWESOME!!! We left on Day 8 but they told us that was UNHEARD of.

BTW, S totally did great for meds once we got home. I hope Cain does the same. I don't know how you feel about M&Ms (or if he is old enough? S was 3), but they worked like a charm. She got 3 for every syringe she took from me and swallowed w/out complaint or protest. After one day of this, she got excited to see the syringes. :)))

I also had TarJay flavor her meds which really helped. I don't get why VCH Pharm. can't do this if TarJay can?!

Now S is taking pills!!! She has been since she turned 5. Just wait until that day. It is so much easier. I laugh b/c our 12YO son still gags with pills when he is sick, but S at 5 swallowed them like nothing. She was so glad to have that over liquid which tastes yucky.

Anyway, try the M&Ms if he can eat them and you don't mind using candy. :)))

He is so adorable and Happy 6 months to your baby girl too!

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