Friday, August 10, 2012
Post Op Day #2-AM Update
Since I didn't post a detailed update last night, I'll quickly recap his day from Thursday. It was rough. Once the Dex was turned off by 11am, he was restless and discontent most of the time. Connie suffered terrible itching from the morphine and benadryl was of little help. By evening, we were able to switch him over to all oral pain medications but his poor face is red and swollen. Between the itching and pain from his chest tubes (although he's blaming the pacemaker), he had a miserable day. Coupling his already whiny nature with narcotics made his insistence on going to the playroom an absolute obsession. Each time he woke suddenly he asked to go to the playroom and then broke down sobbing when we had to remind him that he couldn't go just yet. Playroom is on the 11th floor, where he'll go hopefully today. When we toured before surgery they showed it to him and told him they have a wii in there along with bowling sets to play with. The child life specialist even tried to bring a bowling set to his room yesterday and it just didn't cut it. We brought several sets from home and finally around dinner time got him to agree to play with one for a bit. This stubborn boy just has it in his head that he has to get there! Overnight his nurse reports that he slept in three hour shifts and got up to use the rest room a couple of times. As soon as I arrived this AM he got up and walked over to the potty again. You can tell the chest tubes are really hurting when he does that much movement because he's holding his breath. We've ordered breakfast and are waiting on the doctors to round soon. Will update shortly with the plan for the day.
Posted by Erin Beckemeier at 6:31 AM