Good Evening Friends:
It's late in the day and I'm worn out. Do you ever have those days when you think back over the day and feel like you haven't really accomplished a lot but yet you are exhausted? I've been feeling that way a lot lately. We left a little late today for the hospital. We needed to do some things here at home this morning and set out to do a lot, yet felt like we didn't do very much.
When we arrived at the hospital, Emory had his two chest tubes removed, the tube in his neck removed, and the catheter (spelling?) removed. They had increased his formula feedings through the tube. His biggest hurdle right now is that he still has a lot of fluid on his lungs. They told us that it was time for him to go to the step down unit into a room, which is good in the fact that we can stay with him at night but it also makes me very nervous because that means we are closer to going home. I asked them why they were so quick to send him to the step down unit and they said that he wasn't a very critical case anymore.
Emory is certainly doing better on another level....when we got there the nurse informed us that he did not like for them to leave his bedside. I just laughed because he is one baby who likes to be held all the time and who loves one on one attention! Emmitt and Eli loved their swing, bouncy seat, jumperoo, etc. and that kept them occupied for fairly large amounts of time for me to get various things done. But not my Emory.....he wants Mommy, Daddy, Gremmy, Aunt Dawn, or anyone else who is willing to hold him all day long! Emory is becoming very agitated because he sees us but we can't pick him up to comfort him. He still has too many tubes and such that are attached to him and we would run the risk of something coming loose if we were to hold him. He looks up to us with such pitiful eyes!
It was harder to leave him today probably due to the fact that in the 4 hours I was there, I didn't really get to spend much time with him. When a patient comes to the CICU from surgery, all the parents and anyone who is not medical personnel have to leave. There were several times we had to do that today. So, all in all it wasn't a normal day. Emory has some obstacles to overcome, but the nurses assure me that it is very common for post op patients to experience these things.
Thank you so much for your prayers. Please keep praying for all of us.....we see God at work in so many ways and we've had many opportunities to minister to others there in the hospital. However, at the end of the day, we are exhausted. Therefore, the prayers are appreciated more than you will ever know. Will post updates tomorrow......