Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Hospital: Getting Ready and Getting Nervous

31 For 21 Challenge: Day 27

We are spending the day getting ready for Wysdom's G tube and ear tube surgery tomorrow. Really I know it is not that major of an operation and I shouldn't be to worried or nervous...but I am. It seems with each new hospital visit and procedure that I tend to get more and more nervous.It is like all of the previous hospital stays come flooding back to my mind with each new one. Crazy!! Maybe I am more nervous because I now know what will happen or maybe because Wysdom is a complicated little man. I know I will get through this fine as I made through his 8 hour OHS and three week recover. It's just pre surgery jitters and butterflies.

This time I am optimistic that our stay will be good and just praying that we can stay germ free. We will be on the general ward as we do not have private insurance so this is a bit of a concern. However on the plus side, we have stayed at 3 hospitals for extended lengths of time and this one seems to be the best so far for us.

We have to be there at 9am for his 10:30 surgery. Although I don't have nerves of steel I have been blessed with the ability to plan, organize and coordinate things. I think my previous jobs in social services and outreach have honed my skill. So our agenda today is the following:

*Pack a bag of toys, clothes, blankets and diapers.
*Bring health card, phone book and planner
*Call cardiologist to see if they can visit him on the ward and do the EKG while we are there instead of next Tuesday so we don't have to make a second trip
*Pack a bag for Blyss( she will be moving around and staying with us and also with my mom)
*Pack all of her and Wysdom's Halloween costumes...as I am not sure where we will be.
*Pack all of his medical and feeding equipment including his pump, syringes etc.
*Call Ronald MacDonald House to see if they have room for us as we live an hour away from the hospital and only one parent can stay overnight and we will also have Blyss.
*Find and have backup numbers of hotels just in case we can't stay at RMH
*Review Wysdom's restricted feeding protocol
*Bring Blyss to swimming today
*Pack breast pump and all attachments
*And then the usual stuff like making dinner and giving baths etc.

Oh yes and BREATH!!!!! I am sure there is a lot more but you get the idea of how my day is going. I had planned to make homemade Halloween cookies with Blyss but instead I passed that duty onto my mom. (gotta love mom's)

Well that's my post for today. Wish us luck and I will keep you posted I am going to try to keep up with the challenge as we are almost done. We are told that we will have to stay for 3 nights for sure. Then as long as everything is okay we should be home on Halloween Day. Last night I got Blyss and Wysdom dressed up in their costumes and took some pictures so I will share those on Wednesday. I am so excited to get the ng out of his little nose and kiss those two cheeks!!! He is going to be so happy to get rid of the ng as I know my extended family is too. Well I am off to swimming.


ch said...

Best of luck to Wysdom and all of you over the next few days!

I know, by now, it goes without saying but don't be afraid to ask ANYONE entering Wysdom's room to wash their hands if you didn't specifically see them do it. It's also absolutely fine to ask that they use a surgical mask to cover their nose and mouth since it's easier for them to do it than it is for Wysdom.

At our children's hospital that becomes protocol during cold/flu season. Since Wysdom's tube site is, for all intents and purposes, an open wound in a germie environment it'll help to ensure that you get out of there ASAP!

He's going come through like a CHAMP and I hope this is the first in many significant changes that make things less stressful for your family!

Can't way to see the costumes and the results of Blyss' culinary adventures.

Thinking of you all...

Cheryl said...

You and Wysdom will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Looking forward to seeing those Halloween pictures.

Laurie said...

Oh Sasha! I will be thinking of you guys! Please update us when you can, ok?
Hang in there.

Adrienne said...

Hope everything goes well with Wysdom's surgeries. Please keep us posted!

Gabriel and Alyssa said...

Best of Luck. Wysdom will do great. The Gtube really has done wonders for us.

Kim Rees said...

Sasha, I pray that God will give you a peace that surpasses all understanding. Heavenly Father, we pray right now for this lovely family and ask that you would give them peace. Be with them throughout this whole process and may your angels surround Wysdom as he goes through his procedure tomorrow and recovery after. Give Sasha and her husband the strength to make it through and let them know how much you love them and are with them always. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen. God Bless you and will continue to pray for you and your family.

Tina said...

Good luck with everything, stay strong and positive. I am sure all will go well and I will keep Wysdom in my prayers. Look forward to seeing pictures of Wysdom sans ng tube and naturally the ones of halloween too! get some rest in all of this as from reading from your schedule I don't see how you're going to fit any of that in! Will be checking in to see how everything went .)