Sunday, July 21, 2013

Step Down (15th Floor) Update # 3

Not too much to update today. Colin is still progressing well, slow and steady wins the race, right?? :) 

One of Colin's chest tube is still draining a good amount but not nearly as much as yesterday, which is a good sign. All the walking and sitting up is really helping. Colin was out of his bed over half the day today and we did our 4 walks around the unit. The other chest tube is barely draining. 
Colin got off of oxygen yesterday and his O2 stats have been hovering at 94 (which is great) and even got as high as 99 today! When he came in for surgery he was averaging at 83% - this measures how much oxygen the blood is carrying as a percentage of the maximum it could carry. Most people are at 96 - 100%.

We are still working on getting our appetite for food back, but from I understand from other moms who have gone through this, it takes weeks for the kids to resume normal eating habits. I think Matt and I might be putting too much pressure on ourselves trying to get Colin to eat more. 
The best news of all is all the visitors we had today. One of my co-workers stopped by with 3 large bags of grocery. I love the people I work with and they were so very nice to take up a collection for us while we are in the hospital. They bought all sorts of goodies for us to eat while in the hospital. We really appreciate it and now I can stop spending so much money eating out and getting snacks out of the vending machines!

Next my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew came up to visit. Colin had fun playing with his cousin Kannon and blowing bubbles at each other (a fun game BUT ALSO helping with opening up Colin's lungs). Uncle Russell and Aunt Lara brought up some fun toys for us to play with.

Then came both sets of grandparents and Katherine to come up and play again. Poor Colin was pretty tired from the first half of the day, that he slept through part of their visit, but was playing and smiling at the end of it. I LOVE that I am seeing more and more of Colin's personality coming back. His body has been though so much, so seeing him smile and laugh today was amazing! 

Bubble wars
WOW! Go Colin! Now how am I going to keep up with all his energy?? :)
Having fun with glow sticks tonight, trying to keep a 4 year old entertained in the hospital