Monday, December 19, 2011

It's the Dad Life.....

Well all things considered the boys have had a good day back at our 2nd home Starship hospital. As Shirley's explained, it was gutting to have to leave the family last night around 8pm and drive an hour through the pouring rain back to Auckland, then hang out in Children's Emergency Department until after midnight before we got admitted to the ward. But Sam has been a star since we got here. He fell asleep while they tried to get the line open again, and then when the time came to put a new line into his vein to get some liquids into him, he was blissfully unaware until the needle was in and the blood was being drawn out for tests- thanks in part to a good dose of laughing gas to keep him out to it! He screamed for a minute, then closed his eyes and dropped back to sleep and was out for the rest of the night.It's been the usual busyness of hospital life with moving wards, making up milk, draining his kidney with a catheter, emptying his colostomy bag, pushing his meds into his GJ tube, in-between doctors rounds, nutritionist questions, and surgeon's visits.
Thanks to great friends from St Columba who called first thing this morning to see how they could help, I don't have to wear the same pair of socks for 3 days and have groceries to save me from hospital food.As you can see, Samuel is far from sick and is desperate to get out of his cot. We got him unhooked off his pumps for an hour today to get him out and about, but most of the day has been stuck in his cot playing with his 2 cars that we remembered to bring or watching whatever kids programme I can find on TV. The plan for tomorrow is Sam will be going into theatre sometime in the afternoon to have a new Central Line put in, and his old blocked PICC Line removed. Samuel's surgeon has got him lined up on the acute list so we'll be ready to go as soon as there's a free slot. While it's been a pain losing another family holiday (although the girls have still enjoyed the break), having a central line in will be more reliable and less prone to the blocking that we've struggled with this PICC line. So hopefully our next family holiday won't end up with another dash back to hospital like the last two......
Check out this classic Dad rap video, maybe someone needs to make one about 'the hospital life'...
Thanks for your support and prayers.
The Davy boys

1 comment:

The Dockers said...

Can just imagine Shirley putting together a rap song or two. Ha guys, stink that you had to go to hospital. Real stink. Love ya, Fi and Col xxx