post-op day 3

11:00 Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear me, happy birthday to me!

Today is off to a much better start. Sophia spent her first night on “the floor” and managed to get a good night’s sleep, that is, once the confusion with her Atavan (sleep medication) was cleared up. We had to keep asking everyone coming in to let her sleep: the radiologist, respiratory therapist, the nurse wanting to take vitals, and the vascular access person checking on her IV. She woke up in a great mood and was back to her old chatty self. This lasted for a little while, but she grew uncomfortable around the time she was due for another dose of morphine.

During rounds they decided that they had d/c’d her pain medications too quickly, so they are coming up with a plan to make her more comfortable (and make sure there is an order for Atavan on record). The cardiologist said that her heart is looking spectacular, but he still needs to take a look at her echo from yesterday. They are also still waiting for test results from her cultures (blood and stool) so we don’t know anything new on that front. This afternoon it will have been 48 hours since the blood cultures were taken, so if they are still negative, they will stop her two antibiotics. They are really strong ones, so eliminating them should help her stomach and diarrhea issues. For now she is back to sleeping peacefully in her wee cage.

2:30 Sophia has lost weight so they want to bump her feeds up closer to normal today (30ccs/hr). The nurse bumped it up around noon and soon after Sophia was screaming uncontrollably. She finally settled down after spitting up quite a bit. We’ve backed it back down to 25ccs/hr again to let her ease into this more gradually. As it turns out, the IV pain medicine (Fentanyl) that she was getting stops your gut from working. The doc said it could take 24 hours for that to wear off (which will be this afternoon). After the horrible pain spell, we finally got cardiology’s new pain regimen: Ibuprofen every 6 hours (instead of PRN) and halving her morphine dose, but giving it every two hours instead of every four. This doesn’t sound like much of a change to me, but hopefully she’ll be in less pain as the day goes on.

Comments

  1. Sandy Danks says:

    Wow – just checked out little sis’ pictures. I can’t believe how clear & how much you can see. @ 3 months. So exciting – thanks for sharing them!

  2. LYNN SHEROD says:

    HI DEB AND JOHN,
    MARLYS JUST CALLED TO ASK ABOUT MOM…WHICH SHE SHOULD BE ON HER WAY HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL SOON…AND TOLD ME ABOUT YOUR WEBSITE. AWESOME!!! I’M SO SORRY ABOUT ALL THAT LITTLE SOPHIA HAS HAD TO GO THROUGH,BUT I’M SO THANKFUL TO GOD FOR ALL
    THAT SHE HAS CONQUERRED. YOU HAVE BEEN ON
    ONE HECK OF A RIDE HAVEN’T YOU!? CONGRATS ON YOUR BABY NEWS, TOO. I THINK I AM CALIFORNIA BOUND,SO LOTS OF THINGS TO DO, BUT YOU WILL BE IN MY PRAYERS. PLEASE TAKE CARE. LOTS OF LOVE…LYNN

  3. Cousin Stacy says:

    Hope you guys are having a good evening. I was just dropping by to see if Sophia’s pain had eased up any.
    I sure hope so. Thank you Papa and Mama for the updates. : ) Stay strong and know I keep you and your beautiful precious daughter close to my heart.

    Love,
    Stac

  4. Happy Birthday John! (Day after your birthday, but you know with the crowd you hang with you get a whole month). I imagine the thought of another year was what sent your heart a’ flutter…glad it settled down and that you’re doing better and THRILLED that Sophia is doing so well! She’s an amazing little girl – with fantastic parents! Congrats on the good news of another girl to come!