Thursday, February 12, 2009

Rough start but a smooth finish

Charlie's honeymoon from his surgery came to an end last night. It is amazing how everyone is correct with that. We were told that the first 24 hours after surgery are great (the honeymoon) and then things take a few steps backwards. Well last night and this morning Charlie was not behaving. His stats we all over the place. They had to double the medication that puts him on a nice Caribbean beach and started him back on medicine to get his blood pressure up. There were discussions of placing him back on the oscillating ventilator but they have held off on that for now. They had to replace the central line that was in his belly button and to do so they needed to use an vein that was in head. So now he has an IV in his head. They also had to give him a mohawk to do it. They were kind enough to save all the hair from his first haircut :-)

He played much better this afternoon and into the evening. They were able to get him in a position that he looked really comfortable in. They had to rig up a way to elevate his ventilator tubes. Check out the picture. I also snagged a picture of the view he has from the window that is right by his bedside. Not bad.

He also started to urinate much more today. Which everyone was very happy about. He did not have much yesterday. And today before we left him he pooped for the first time after surgery. Not usually something to write home about, but it is a big deal for a kid who's intestines use to be up close and person with his shoulder

We read him his first book this afternoon. We selected the tale of the Tortoise and the Hare. He was able to move his arms while Patty read to him. I know he was listening. And just like the story I am confident that he know that slow and steady will win this race!


Dee said...

Here's more love and prayers for a much healthier night and day tomorrow....I hope your both getting some the new pictures and haircut!!...oh nice view pic ya DEE

Julie, the mama said...

Thanks for the update. Praying for a smooth weekend for Charlie.

Tracy Meats said...

"Slow and steady will win this race," is so true! Many prayers that the weekend goes more smoothly for Charlie and they get the right mix of meds and support that makes him very comfortable as his body recovers. I love the very cute. Keep fighting Charlie and give your mom and dad boring days, no surprises...keep making those baby step improvements towards home!

Tracy Meats - mom to Ian, born with a LCDH on 4/3/04 and WY and CO State Rep. for CHERUBS

Fer said...

I'm keeping Charlie in my toughts and prayers. Hopefully he will recover soon to bring him home.