Monday, August 29, 2011
An evening stroll on a perfect summer night
Who would of thought that after THREE WEEKS in the hospital we would be so excited and waiting with such anticipation to be moved to another part of the hospital with an anticipated minimum stay of another 4-6 WEEKS? But hey, you gotta celebrate the little things, because right now the little things are big things. So here are a few of the little things that happened today:
Neurology has given us the boot and no longer want to care for us, so we have been transferred to orthopedic for his rehab. This is a big thing because from the stand point of the brain surgeons, you know the REALLY smart guys, his brain is clean and healing well so lets get the kid walking again. (The smart guy comment is as no offense to any doctors out there, but the saying does go, "This isn't brain surgery." not "This isn't knee surgery.") I mean currently aside from a little black eye, and bad hair cut and a 10 inch scare across his head, you would never know he had surgery. So lets get this kid walking again.
His sodium levels have been holding in a very tight range the last few days so they are no longer taking blood samples 3 times a day to check his levels. The hormone guys feel good about his current dosage, so we are going to move forward and just make sure he his drinking and peeing enough.
He is nearly completely unplugged. There is only one wire hooked to his toe to measure his pulse and oxygen levels, and his IV PIC line. All the other monitors are off. These have been bugging Levi the whole time. His IV meds are done tomorrow, so that means that he may get his PIC line out very soon and be completely free of "hospital connections".
Because he is so stable they are going to be moving him to the new rehab unit as soon as a bed opens up. Until then we are free to go outside and do as we please. We just can't leave the campus. Once we get into rehab we will have a lot more freedom and even get some weekend passes to go home once he is doing better. That is going to be a great place to get to.
The one thing that is keeping him from being in full rehab is he is unable to do the 3 hours per day that is legally required for him to be designated as a rehab patient. The doctor feels he is only a few days away from that, but is willing to get him into the rehab unit before he is officially ready.
We are pretty excited about the little things that have happened today. As a family we are getting into a new groove,Dan and Kara are switching off sleeping here with Levi and at home with Kade. Dan is getting back to working full time and Kara's full time day job for the time being to support Levi. We are grateful for the people who have and are coming down to visit Kara during the day. Levi is a great kid and all, but not the best conversationalist. Hopefully an hour of speech therapy over the next 4-6 weeks will change that.
Thank you for walking with us along this journey. The love, support and prayers that so many have given are helping to sustain us. Blessings to you.