Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Big Move to the Third Floor

Handsome boy after spongebath and "hairwash"
Drew stands up on the scale in an attempt to get his weight
The wonderful Dr. Hanley posing with cutest patient

I am currently writing to you from the third floor. How awesome is that?!

We moved this morning BEFORE lunch time. On the way out we saw Dr. Hanley. I asked him to swing by for a picture and he said he was just on his way to see us! He came by after we moved rooms and we snapped this picture:

Before we moved they took out his arterial line in his femoral artery and the IJ (which I think means, intrajugular line).

This is Grandma (Andrea's mom) taking over the post for now. Andrea had to leave for a well deserved and therapeutic back massage. Dan is hopefully napping with Ava or at the very least getting a shower. Their good friend, Bekah, and I are keeping an eye on Drew. She had to really twist my arm, of course. He is resting very peacefully after moving to the third floor, having endured a very long day of having physical therapy, sitting up and standing up for the first time, getting a sponge bath, having his hair washed and sitting on the potty with positive results. Just as he was through with all of that and looking like a clean, handsome little man, the respiratory therapist came in to pound on his chest. He completely ignored her and continued to watch Dumbo while she did it, but showed his independence by refusing to flow bubbles for her. We'll work on that later. He was a trooper through it all but is so happy to just be left alone. My job was to make sure he took plenty of fluids and he is obliging by sipping on his drink of choice, chocolate milk. I'm sure Andrea and/or Dan will fill in more details later, but I will post some pictures from our very eventful day. As a side note though, we were very encouraged last night when Andrea's cousins, Heather and John came to visit and read Drew "Where the Wild Things Are" he actually was interested in hearing the story and pointed at the picture and said, "Max!" Encouraging, because mostly he likes to ignore us as much as possible, but his sweet little personality is breaking thorugh!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

So happy and thankful that things are going well. I am looking forward to meeting and hugging your special little boy someday. Until then you are all in my prayers.
Love,
Patty/ DeAnna's mom

Katie Scott said...

Hooray for moving to the third floor!! How great that Drew is able to sit and stand and go to the bathroom! All great victories!! Will miss you at LG tonight and we will pray for Drew and you guys.

Amber said...

Yeah for Drew! And what a day it sounds like he had! I'm off for a support group meeting. I'll be sure to update everyone on the latest. You guys look good and I hope you'll all be home together soon. This step in the journey is almost over! God Bless! :)

Isabelle & Calista's Mommy said...

So excited that you guys got to move to the third floor, one step closer to coming home!

Anonymous said...

AA, I loved your very charming & eloquent post...maybe you should take up blogging!

-H

Isabelle & Calista's Mommy said...
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Isabelle & Calista's Mommy said...

PS. Andrea, I was excited to see that you finally got your massage!!

Anonymous said...

PS - Do I spy a smile on Drew's face in that pic with his mama?

- H

Lill said...

Mer's Mom-in-law here..Been following Drews progress and am thrilled for all of you that he is doing so well. I will continue to pray for his full recovery. You are an amazing family. I hope to be able to meet you someday. Third floor today...hopefully home in the near future! Go Drew!!! Take care!

Carrie said...

Yay Drew! Yay Andrea and Dan! I'm so happy for you all! And the smiles on all of your faces say it all! Go Drew go!
Such great news!
Carrie

Valerie said...

I love all the pic's. Drew looks wonderful.

I am going to Dr. Mainwaring's B-day party on Monday. If you or Dan have a couple minutes could you email me a B-day greeting for him for a card that I am putting together?

Jamie said...

What an awesome day! So happy about the move-hang in there!! Love you all!
Aunt Jamie

Kathy said...

You're moving on up...
whoo hoo!!!
I'm SO proud of you Drew!!!
Have they talked about when you'll get discharged??
I'm sooo happy for you guys...and hope everyone gets good sleep tonight!!!
***they do weight checks at 5am...so, if Drew's up late, ask your nurse if she'll do it before he falls asleep (or they'll wake him up to do it!)

Vanessa said...

Yeah for moving to the 3rd floor and for the break through in the personality! I loved seeing the picture with Dr. Hanley! You guys are getting closer to going home and that is so exciting.

Hugs,

Vanessa

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

OMG.. these pics are taking me back to a couple years ago..

Dr. Hanley did both of Matthew's surgeries...

Kathy Roller sent me...

www.whomagoo.blogpspot.com is Matthew's blog..
he was born w/
ToF w/ Pulmonary Atresis (no pulmonary artery) and VSD..
Dr. Hanley did a Unifocalization..

I'll be back to check on adorable little Drew...

these little guys go thru so much, don't they...