Friday, January 27, 2012
So far, so good (cross-post)
Overall, Ben has been a real trooper in the first 48 hours since his surgery. He moans and complains a bit but overall he's been an angel. Either he's sleeping or watching Diego videos. He even asked to play the 'Cut the Rope' game yesterday afternoon! Friday, 9am He hasn't had anything to eat yet and won't really until he's on his back tomorrow. He's allowed to have clear liquids including broth, apple juice and Popsicles. So far he's stuck to apple juice and Popsicles. But he's really had very little. He had some nausea yesterday and even vomited once. Overall, his pain has been managed very well. He has an epidural that delivers a constant amount of morphine right to his back. He also has Tylenol, Valium, and anti-nausea meds regularly. His main complaints have been that he wants his daddy (if Clarence happens to be back at the hotel), that he wants to go back to the hotel, that he wants to roll over, that he needs his nose wiped, or that he's itchy. Today, he's even laughing and smiling for us! We adults are all doing well too. Clarence and I take turns staying the night and we each try to take breaks back at the hotel. Mom & Dad are around as backup most of the day. They even made a pot of chili yesterday for supper! Way better than hospital food! Friday, noon Around 11am this morning, the physiotherapist came by and helped us roll him onto his side. He was ok there for a while but it got uncomfortable for his arm so he's now back on his stomach. And he's even hungry! We tried jello first, but since it was orange and not blue he wasn't too happy with that. But we've now moved onto Cheerios and crackers so he's thrilled! If all goes well, he can have some fruit this afternoon. We really had no idea how a 4-year-old would cope with being on his tummy for 48 hours but it's gone surprisingly well. Presumably, the worst is behind us!