Monday, November 22, 2010

Food, Family, and dare I say it...Fun

What a day we have had! I forgot to tell you yesterday that after Noah's second surgery we were moved into a private PICU room. That's private people. No large room with three other kiddos in it. No ridiculous beeping from four monitors. No parade of doctors, nurses, residents, interns, and fellows coming through. Just a nice, private room that we can call our own.

Well...last night...just as we were getting our Little Man settled for the evening, we were surprised by a visit from my brother Adam, sister-in-law Melissa, and their kiddos Hunter and Brooklyn. How special!!!! They were on their way from Susanville to Fresno for Thanksgiving and decided to make a slight detour. It was so nice to visit with them and feel their love pouring out over Mr. Man.

This morning, after a visit from our MOST FANTASTIC Otolaryngologis, we were able to try giving Noah a bit of blue colored Pedialyte to see if he tolerated it as well as check to make sure he couldn't aspirate. After a nice slow start, we increased the amount he received and stood back. So far, so good. No coughing, no gagging, no vomiting, no aspirating. Yeah!

We soon got the OK to start Mr. Man back on his special formula {he can't get his homemade food while in the PICU}. Once again...no coughing, no gagging, no vomiting, no aspirating! Yeah! And can I tell you how HAPPY our Little Man was with a bit of food in his tummy. He sat in his crib for almost four hours, playing with toys that have been provided for us in the hospital.

Can you believe it?!?

He threw balls all over our room {including at the nurse when she was trying to take his blood pressure}, played with his reflection in a crib mounted mirror, read several books while getting a nebulizer treatment, taught Charlie how to jump out of the crib, quickly regretted that Charlie was no longer in the crib, and figured out how to turn on and off the music in another crib mounted toy.

Our nurse could not believe the change that had taken place in our Little Man. Finally...Mr. Stinkpot was on his way back!
Notice the river of drool pouring out of Noah's mouth. Ever since the second surgery, he has refused to swallow. Hopefully this will change, because, we have gone through three incredibly wet shirts in the past several hours. Either that, or Mama gets to pull out the cute bibs that Noah has never worn.

This evening, our MOST FANTASTIC Otolaryngologis came back in to check on his "most challenging case" and gave us the OK to be discharged tomorrow morning...pending a good evening.

Yippee Skippy!!!!!

Turkey and stuffing...here we come!

9 comments:

  1. This all such AWESOME news! I can't stop smiling at your sweet little man looking SO good :-)

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  2. YEEEESSSSS! Poor guy, he is getting that spark back though. Praise God! So happy you guys get to come home. Pray for healing and an easy night for KC. * Good thing you held onto those bibs! Katy Mc

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  3. Praise God! Wonderful news. So good to seeing Noah smiling again. :)

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  4. So glad everything is going well. I hope you guys are able to head home tomorrow. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  5. Yeah!!! That is wonderful! :) I love this picture of him, drool and all. Such a handsome young guy - I am sure he will be thrilled to get home.

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  6. Yeah for good news!! How awesome that Adam and Mel and the kiddos got to stop by too.

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  7. Hey Dude, Sierra here. Thank goodness you are coming home. I have really missed you. Nana got home last night and told us how awesome our Mom and Dad are. (well we already knew that) Nana said Mama and daddy were so patient and loving with you. Daddy stayed up all night and Mama got up at 4:30 in the morning to relieve Daddy so he could go home and get a little sleep. Mama and Daddyo are real keepers. I can't wait until all of us are HOME again

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  8. Praise the Lord! Praying for a good night, and safe trip home for Turkey and giving THANKS!

    The N/J Johnsons

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