Well WHAT A DAY!!! Daily between 3 & 6pm Samuel loses most of his lines, so we checked with the consultant who said we could go for a walk at this time but with 2 conditions - 1. We have lots of fun and 2. We take lots of photos for the blog.... so being the obedient patients that we are, we obliged the lovely Dr Evans!
Francis took the girls to lunch with his Dad to celebrate Fathers Day, whilst I learnt how to get Samuel mobile with an oxygen cylinder and heart/lung monitor. So at 4pm I bundled him in the hospital buggy, O2 cylinder in the bottom and mobile monitor on the top..... and went downstairs to meet the girls and Francis. The girls were so excited to be out with him and were keen to push the buggy, although it is a little heavy to stear for the girls with the O2 cylinder. We wandered over to the Domain, which is spectacular in spring, with blossoms abounding, little ducklings waddling behind Mother duck and sun shining - a perfect day for Samuel's first adventure into the outdoors! He stayed awake for most of it just gazing up and around and was a lovely way to celebrate Fathers Day and Samuel's 3 month 'birthday'. The girls enjoyed climbing in the trees, feeding the ducks and being out as a 5-some. Francis looked proud as punch to be out with his son and it was a really memorable afternoon.
We got Samuel back by 6, just in time for his weekly bloods to be taken and his dinner to be hooked up to his foot again....... but I have to admit it was so tempting to just hi-tail it home, but you'll be relieved to know that common-sense overpowered my impulse! This week we start our theory training for TPN on Thursday and Samuel has an iron infusion and some more gastro challenges ahead.... so we will just have to make the most of the 3 hours each afternoon to get out and about.
I will leave you with a bunch of photos which I hope convey the elation of this milestone for us today.
Best wishes, Shirley
p.s. mental note 1. Wash necklace tonight
mental note 2. Don't wear long dangly necklace tomorrow when emptying urine bag!