Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Post-Op Day 33

We had a pretty good day today, despite Drew not being in the best of moods. Lots of playing in the play room and riding bikes. The big joke today was how Drew is a "phantom patient" because he's never in his bed. That sounds like a good reason to send him home to me!

Speaking of which, we got the approval of surgery to be discharged to the hotel. They want us to stay local and check in once a week with the PAs. They will schedule the CT for two weeks after this latest round of antibiotics started, which happens to be July 4. We'll be celebrating our independence from the hospital here in Palo Alto. That's better than celebrating inside the hospital so I'll take it. Now we just have to get everything squared away with the pharmacy, the home health people, and the people who need to teach me how to give the antibiotics & manage the PICC line. They are planning to send us home on two IV antibiotics plus two oral meds (lasix and aldactone). The word is we'll be sprung by Friday, but you never know...

Ava and I are back at the hotel for the night. Dan is taking the night shift at the hospital and is relieved that we have our old roommate back (we had one night of a crying baby). Isaiah is a sweet 17-year old boy who is now waiting for transplant. His family is so sweet and friendly and we are glad to have them back as roomies. And they like it cool just like us!

Drew and Ava at pet therapy last night

Drew and his trains

Drew's arm wrapped up for bathtime

16 comments:

William said...

hooray forever!!! i'm so glad that you guys are gettin out of dodge!!! just pretend like you are on a really extended vacation and that's why you are staying in the hotel. yay for himmelberger freedom!!!

Kathy said...

YEAH...I'm SO EXCITED for you guys...a hotel room is WAY better than the stinkin' hospital room!!!

and glad to hear you have a sweet roommate...hope he gets that transplant soon!

Maybe I'll bring the kids up to meet you....but, then again...that's a LARGE crew to people to pack into that little room...we'll see how they behave!

Sweet dreams guys...you sure deserve it!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Andrea
I am so happy to hear that you are all getting out of that tiny little hospital room this Friday (I will pray pray pray for that) Any hopes of sneaking away for the wedding? I hope to see you guys there. It will be a great date night for the two of you. You don't even have to pay for dinner or the drinks or the cake (made by Brittni Arguelles) now thats a great date. Take care Himmelbergers
Kristina

Kate said...

aw, yay! but still, come home. we miss you SO much. i speak for everyone. i love that pic of drew in the tub; he's such a grownup now! and he looks like he's trying so hard not to smile, i love when he does that. love!

Samantha said...

Oh I hope that they let you out of there soon. This has got to be so hard on you all. Drew is looking great! Love the pictures of him, Ava & the German Shepard...they all are so cute! I also love the bath picture...poor kid, has to get all taped up to take a bath...he looks so ready to go home!

Hugs to you all!
Samantha

The Portas said...

This is WONDERFUL news!!! I'm so happy for all of you. You've put in some serious time and energy at that place...it is time to get out!

Love the bath pic..so funny. :)

I hope you got some good sleep and that the room stayed nice and cool! xoxoxo

Kristi S said...

Yeah! We can not imagine how good that must make all of you feel! Praying that everything falls into place by Friday!

Molly said...

Oh yah... a hotel is WAAAYYYY better than the hospital, I'm sure! Freedom! We'll be praying for a Friday discharge! YAY!
Amy

Andrew said...

Woo hoo! That is so exciting that you will be able to get out of the hospital. If you only have to check in once a week, then you could come up to Sac, right??? I guess that it is probably best to follow orders, but we miss you guys so much! I love the pic of Drew in the tub--the expression on his face is priceless!!

Andrew said...

ok, that last comment was me, but Andrew was logged into his email, so it posted as him!!

Katie Scott

Isabelle & Calista's Mommy said...

WOW that is exciting! Praying it all works out!!

Jamie said...

Great news!! I know it isn't home-but it will be great for you all to be in one place and out of the noise of the hospital! Keep hanging in there! Love you guys!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Drew's half-mad face in the bath photo. Makes me want to eat him up!

Cousin love,
H

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear that things are going so well. Hope you get out on Friday. You are such a great mom learning how to administer his meds, so that you guys can be free of the hospital and one step closer to being at home. You are a terrific family and an inspiration to us all.

Rebecca Myers

Jennifer Herring said...

That's great news! I'll still be praying for a quick discharge!

-Jennifer

Vanessa said...

Get your stuff and run!!! I'm so happy their releasing Drew from the hospital. You can enjoy some good quality family time!