The quick summary is that this week the skin has cleared up a lot due to good wound management in hospital and trying to keep the tube more secure. The various teams have agreed that Sam needs to have a new attachment put in where this tube is. He had this tube put in in radiology (ie, it's not surgically secured) when he was about 5 months old. Now he is much bigger and stronger it is hoped he could cope with a standard GJ tube otherwise known as a mickie button (don't ask me why). So we hope to hear from the surgical team possibly tomorrow of a time frame - there is lots and lots of waiting in hospital, so I use the term 'hope' as a vague possibility kind of like I might say, 'I hope to win Mrs Universe one day...'
Due to the fluids that that he's been losing around this tube, after blood tests it was discovered that Sam's electrolytes were all out of synch, so today he had various fluid boluses given, extra sodium and potassium and was on a constant infusion of some sort when he wasn't on his TPN.
In saying that he has been completely happy and animated. 2 more teeth have broken through his bottom gum and 2 more top ones are imminent.
Yesterday as I was feeding Sam a teaspoon of carrot and as he was so happy eating and I had a wee tub of ice cream I thought a spoonful would help his sore teething gums and be a nice treat for him... so I gave him a bit and he loved it so he probably had about 2 teaspoons of vanilla ice-cream. About 2 minutes later his cheeks are very red, he's scratching with both hands, grizzling and he comes up in big white welts! The on call Dr was 'bleeped' but it was decided he didn't need anything. It was a bit alarming how quickly he reacted but we watched him closely and although his heart rate went up, his breathing was fine. So ice cream is off the menu indefinitely, but then I should probably get him hooked on broccoli first anyway!
It's a holiday weekend coming up here in NZ, so may you all enjoy working in your gardens, having the first bbq's of the 'summer' and we will see you next week.