Friday, September 9, 2011

Going With the {high} Flow

Daniel is probably the easiest patient these nurses have ever had.  Honestly.  I think the only time he’s ever cried was when they’ve pulled out tubes or put in the N-G tube.  He just goes with the flow and watches every movement anyone makes while they’re caring for him.  I wish everyone could see him while his eyes are completely fixed on whoever is caring for him.  It’s just a precious sight.  And then, when they’re done disturbing him, he sleeps and sleeps and sleeps.

Progress-wise, things are looking GOOD!  Really good!  Daniel has been weaned down to 2 liters of high flow oxygen this morning.  His arterial line is out, and his chest tubes will be removed tomorrow! 

Remember that picture of all the medicine machines yesterday?  Well this is what it looks like today…


That top one is just for milk.  They put it in a huge syringe and set it to feed over a certain amount of time.  The bottom one is for medicines.  He’s down to two heart-related medicines and a pain killer.  A-mazing!

The best news, however, is that they’re planning to move him out of ICU and up to the regular floor tonight!  He just has to get down to 1 liter of oxygen, which is regular flow.  I’m doing the happy dance as we speak!  (And Daniel’s doing the happy sleep.)


How can you resist these cute little glowing toes?


I am just so happy to feel like we’ve turned the corner and Daniel is well on his way to a full recovery.  It is so incredible to see how quickly he is recovering from all the trauma that has been intentionally inflicted on him.

Oh, and I got to hold him today!  (This post is now 3 hours in the making, so we’re covering a lot of ground.  C’mon…keep up!)  Almost exactly 72 hours after handing him over to the anesthesiologist.  That was a long three days!  But every second of the wait was worth it.  He snuggled right in and fell to sleep while I rocked him.  Oh it was hard to give him back!

I think there are a few nurses who are going to have a hard time giving him up!


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