Saturday, May 24, 2008

Saturday morning update

Got here early to see Drew, and his poor night nurse is still here. Andrew is taking care of him and doing a great job, but they are short-staffed so he is staying on until 11 am. Drew looks good today. He doesn't really look swollen. His stomach does look thin to me, but Dan pointed out that he hasn't eaten in two days, so I guess that makes sense. All his vitals look good. When the doctors came in to do rounds they were pleased with how things are going, but there is some fluid under his right lung so they are inserting another small drainage tube (a pigtail) right now to remove that fluid. The other two chest tubes haven't been putting out much fluid since last night, so that is good. He is still breaking through the sedation, but not as often. He did wake up a little bit this morning and looked like he was trying to sit up and reach for us, but he calmed back down and went back to sleep and they gave him more medicine. They will try to extubate him today or tomorrow, but I'd be happy if they wait til tomorrow so he can stay more comfortable. I put up a picture of him today so the nurses and doctors can see what he really looks like and that he's a real person and not just a patient. Oh, Dan noticed the last name of the intensivist and it turns out he went to high school with his sons, and his mom taught them math! So now that we have a connection with him, hopefully he'll take even better care of Drew!

Here's a couple of pictures for you.

These are all the IV meds Drew is on. Each one of those little pumps at the top are a different medication. The ones I could read are: milrinone, fentanyl, versed, dopamine, epinephrine

This is my sweet boy today. He got a cool Cars no-no. If you're wondering if he's cold with no blankets, he is, but they want him on the cool side for a while after surgery. He's still laying on the cooling blanket.

16 comments:

Valerie said...

I cannot believe how good he looks! Is that your hand, Andrea? He is on the smooth course of recovery, you can tell.....

Our Family said...

Good Morning! Sounds like he is doing great! He looks so cute and I love the Cars no-no...take it with you! Thanks for updating so much. My computer is getting a workout checking in on you. Love Ya!

Allison said...

Wow, he looks so good! I can't believe he isn't more swollen! I'm glad to hear he's comfortable! Hang in there, you guys are the best!
Allison

Carrie said...

He really does look great! Sounds like he is getting excellent care..what a blessing!! He will be so pleased to see the Cars no-no when he awakens. Glad you both got a good night of sleep last night.
Carrie

Beth Whitney said...

I am glad you were able to sleep!
Still praying for you all! Last night when I put Sarah to bed we prayed for Drew to get better, and then Sarah said, "pray for Ava too" so we did! :)
love you!

Isabelle & Calista's Mommy said...

What a blessing that there is a connection there with the intensivist! I love the idea of putting up pics of Drew for the nurses and doctors. He is a very special boy! You guys are AWESOME parents! Thanks for the updates!!!!

Rebecca Myers said...

HI
He looks really good and comfortable, I hope he can rest today and regain his strength to make a quick recovery.
Love,
The Myers'

Amber said...

I'm so glad things are progressing smoothly. It's so encouraging to see prayers being heard and answered!

Anonymous said...

He looks so good to us!! A little cold and hungry yes but he looks so so good. We are continuing our day of prayer for smooth sailing today
Kristina Tony and Tommy

Cortnie Bain said...

Everytime I see pictures of Drew my heart aches. I can't imagine what you are going through, but know that I am praying...

Vanessa said...

I do love the little Cars no-no on his arm, and so will he when he wakes up. My heart aches to see him this way but for all that he has been through, he really looks great! And don't worry, once he is awake he'll put that weight back on.

I'm constantly checking in on you guys! Give that baby boy some love from me!

Love,

Vanessa

Anonymous said...

I'm so thankful for the internet and your willingness to include us in this journey. It means so much to know that Drew is being so well cared for and God is present and helping with all the details. We'll keep praying!

Lexi said...

Thinking of you guys a ton!!!! I'm so thankful for the updates. Drew looks great! And we are still praying.
Love,
Sheridans

Kathy said...

I LOVE the NoNo...I'll ask for that one when we head up there!!!
I hope they let Drew rest one more night too...
Have you seen how we decorate Isaac's cribs at Stanford...they think we're crazy! We hand a string from one corner to the other (like a clothes line)...and hang toys all on it. Put pictures all over his bed...the nurses love it!!!
I LOVE reading that he's doing SO GOOD!!!

Samantha said...

Just checking back in on you guys. Glad that things are looking good...keep up the good work! He looks fantastic!

Heart Hugs,
Samantha

Awesome Mom said...

Aww poor little guy! He does look pretty good considering all he has been through. I hope that he heals quickly.