Thursday, June 5, 2008
Post-Op Day 13
We've had an awesome day today!
This morning Baby Briggs had his surgery with Dr. Hanley. This is the family we met when we came for the tour of the CVICU. I went down to sit with them for a while and prayed with them. His surgery was successful and he is in the ICU right now. They were talking about extubating him tonight! Good job Briggs!
Drew got both chest tubes taken out this morning around 11:30. Yay! They also changed his dressing at the same time. He was a superstar, as usual. Today the hospital dog, Carly, came to visit and she helped Drew during his procedures. She even jumped up and laid on his bed.
Then his little buddy Tommy was here to visit and play. We enjoyed having lunch with Tommy and his parents outside in the non-annoying sunshine. The playroom wasn't open while Tommy was here, so we played games (Hi Ho Cherry-O and tetris and dinos) and visited the train downstairs instead. After they left Drew and Daddy and Grandma enjoyed some time in the play room, while I finally went back to Kathy's to take my shower.
Then it was time for Drew's physical therapy. Today the PT brought him a tricycle to ride. He was very excited and did three laps around the hospital corridors. He was going so fast we could barely keep up with him! It was great to see him so back to normal. It made my heart smile.
They identified the bacteria growing in Drew's incision and they are: lactococcus, streptococcus mitis, staphylococcus coag negative. Haven't taken the time to research these yet, but I will. The important thing is that all three can be treated with vancomycin so we will continue on that antibiotic and discontinue the Zosyn. They think we will need more than a 7 day course of antibiotics, but not sure if it will be 10 0r 14 days. They are also increasing potassium to three times a day, and it's oral and tastes nasty. They are decreasing the diuretics slowly. So basically we are hanging around playing in the playroom and taking IV antibiotics.
Right now we're back in Drew's room (our roommate just went home-yay!) and he is playing with Grandma. I am about to go pick up Ava and bring her back here to see Drew.