Friday, July 26, 2013

A day in hospital life - Step Down Update #6

Not too much to report, still waiting for the fluid to drain out of one of Colin's chest tubes. The other one is ready to be pulled, once this other one is ready, we can go home. They are going to treat the fluid a little bit more aggressively to try to get it to finish draining. They have limited him on his liquid intake and have increased his diuretics to help draw off the fluid. There is still talk of maybe pulling the other tube or waiting to do them both at the same time. 

Today they went ahead and did the exit EKG and echo on his heart JUST IN CASE we are ready to be  discharged this weekend, that way the test will already be complete. Both test looked great along with his chest x-ray this morning. So from a cardiac standpoint, we are in good shape, just playing the waiting game on the fluid. They are still monitoring his sodium and he is still taking the saltwater solution to keep it up. Right now it is just below normal, but they have decided this will not keep us here. The rounding cardiologist thinks it is stress from having the tubes. Once they are removed, if it does not level out, we can investigate further from an out patient standpoint.
Being really good during my EKG
Making sure she does my ECHO right
Last night Matt and I spent the night at home with Katherine. It was great to spend time with her, we hung out and watched a movie, and cuddled in bed. I miss her so much. I am so ready to have all 4 of us home together again, where we belong. Katherine was very sad to be home with us without Colin. This has been really hard on her.

So right now it is really about keeping a 4 year occupied in a hospital, it has been one week since we moved out of ICU into our regular room. So here are the things that keep us occupied:
Car races, on your mark, get set, GO!
When I get tired, have sissy push me around
Hang out with Daddy on the couch playing my LeapPad
Eating breakfast in bed
Doing about 20 laps around the unit a day in the cool firetruck
Art and crafts time with mommy
Get a sponge bath

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