Cecily is the attending nurse who has been entertaining us since we got into room 6 of the PICU. She told us the night nurse would be cool, but I’m sure no-one will be as cool as Cecily. Her cool factors include chocolate, Amazing Nate and bringing Patient Care Tech Bob over for some awesome… Continue reading Star of the PICU: Cecily
Natalie’s update for 2nd day: The results of this morning’s CT scan came back normal so she has been moved to the Neuro Trauma Unit (NTU), which is good. She has been awake for longer periods, and is responding verbally to questions. She is drinking some Sprite and was able to take her anti-seizure meds,… Continue reading Day 2 – PICU to Neuro/Trauma Unit (NTU)
Angela is getting some rest in the back of the room, and Natalie is watching Princess and the Frog, which is AWESOME. She’s staying awake longer, but still feels awful. I just gave her a french fry and am hoping it stays down so she can have more real food. At the end of the… Continue reading Day 2 – The Princess and the Frog
A facebook comment from Angela: “Positive thoughts, prayers, phone calls, well wishes, texts, messages, wall posts, “Likes”, fasting, candle lighting – we feel all the positive energy coming our way and there is no doubt in our mind that our little girl is so very loved. I’m so grateful, I’m exhausted, but, my strength has… Continue reading Thanks to our friends…
Natalie’s sodium levels have to be monitored, so Noemi, the lab tech was called in to take a quick blood sample for the test (note the silver bandage on Natalie’s right middle finger). She also has a daughter named Natalie, which is a very special name. Sodium levels look good. There was an initial concern… Continue reading Day 2 – Sodium Levels
I found a gift basket at the door when I got home tonight. We have awesome neighbors! Risa had an orange, and Gabriel had what might have been his first Red Delicious apple from the treats inside. Thank you Tammy, Ken and Camron!
Natalie was more awake today than yesterday, but clearly dealing with pain from the surgery and more nausea. Swelling has increased around her right temple, eye and ear. We’re using cold packs for her face and head, Dexamethasone to help control swelling, Zofran and Reglan for nausea, and Morphine and Tylenol for pain. If we… Continue reading Day 2 NTU Evening Update
Amanda is one of the techs working with us, and the first person to have two shifts with Natalie. Amanda worked with Chris and saw Natalie on Wednesday, then came back today to work with us again today. She’s been awesome, and was the one who found the pink wheelchair for us.
The morning started out bad, but has improved significantly. Nat got sick at about 4AM when no-one was there to catch it. The nursing station has a laundry so we were able to get her blankets washed and back on the bed. Her headache continued in the morning, but right around noon it seemed to… Continue reading Day 3: a Morning Update from the NTU