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 PICU update – her color is returning and she’s resting. No post-surgery seizures so far which is good. Apparently the anesthesia takes up to 24 hours to come off of, so she has a lot of nausea right now. I guess it’s better that she just sleeps it off. We’ve been able to hunker… Continue reading Day of Surgery – PICU Evening Update
Angela called and said that Natalie was sick a couple more times last night. She hasn’t been able to take any of her anti-seizure meds because they are oral only (no intravenous) and she hasn’t been able to take anything yet… I’m packing up some clothes for Angela and am heading up to the hospital. Gabe… Continue reading Day 2 Morning Check-In
Natalie still doesn’t feel well, but smiles for the picture. She looks so much better today. She’s still swollen from the surgery, and has what might be the world’s worst headache.
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
Resident Dr. Mumert was in to see Natalie on behalf of Dr. Kestle. We discussed the swelling on the right side of Natalie’s face that is due to the surgery. There were cuts made in the muscle of her right temple and in the muscles she uses for chewing, so swelling can continue and could… Continue reading Day 2: A Residency Visit
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!