Posted by: ppernick | January 27, 2006

Hospital Stay Post-op

Yesterday went by pretty quickly.  I woke up around 8:15 and rushed to get some breakfast before running to Simeon’s room so I could be there before rounds.  Turned out I didn’t need to rush – they finally came by around 9:30 or 10.  Results:  he’s looking good – let’s start getting everything out of him and transfer him out of ICU.  They spent the next hour or two removing everything but the chest tube.  He did wonderfully (so did daddy, who was actually helping).

After all that was complete and I had done what I could to feed him, Ari took me out for lunch.  It was good to get out of the hospital, though I kept feeling like I was out for too long. 

We got back around 2:30 or so and spent the next few hours waiting for a bed in recovery.  I eventually tried, unsuccessfully, to feed him again and they were finally ready for him around 4:30 or 5.  We started packing things up and were moved by 6:30 or 7.

Last night’s bed was much more comfortable.  They have a slide-out sofa in his room.  Not as good as my bed at home but 100 times better than upstairs.

I also had a couple of sobering conversations.  Met a lady in the cafeteria who has been here a month.  Her baby is 2 months old and has had 4 operations so far in an attempt to get the intestines on the inside.  And our roommate is a 1-month old preemie who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.  Grandma is staying with her – grandma and grandpa just finalized the custody papers.

Talking to these people make me realize just how lucky I am and how easy we have it.  Simeon’s condition was simple compared to these – especially since it was discovered when he was 3 days old and he was otherwise extremely healthy.  He had his problem fixed just as he started showing signs of danger.  These other families have been for a weeks…Simeon got here yesterday and should be gone by tomorrow.  I am so thankful that things have gone so well for us and pray that things go as well for these other families.

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