January 10, 2008

Back to the hotel!!

Well, now are back to our home away from home. I't Friday and we have to camp out for at least another 4 more days at the hotel. Monday we are suppose to go back and have Dr. Mulliken look at Bauer to make sure everything is progressing okay and to get his sutures removed.

We were nervous wrecks over the weekend. We watched Bauer's nose like a hawk. The biggest concern was making sure Bauer's nose stayed clean and didn't get infected. We were to look for signs of pimple-like areas, blisters, increased redness, and especially any bleeding. We were on cleaning patrol constantly. Every 3 or 4 hours we would clean his suture line on his face as well as in or near his nose. The nurses gave us some sterile water, hydrogen peroxide, saline, and q-tips.
Here was the usual routine: By they way, this process always took at least 2 people!!! 3 was best b/c you had a "arm holder", "head holder", and "suture cleaner". Sounds funny, but we had it down to a science after a while.

1. Wash hands. Get Ivory soap and put just a dab with water in our hand. Clean Bauer's lip area.
2. Put 1/2 hydrogen peroxide - 1/2 water mix on areas that had any gunky type stuff. Let it sit for a few seconds.
3. Take q-tip, gently roll it over the suture areas. Try to get any gunk off. Occassionally there would be some very persistant areas that refused to let go of any crust.

You can kind of get a good look at his suture line after cleaning. It would get pretty nasty if he sneezed or got milk on it.

January 7, 2008

Best Western Roadhouse Inn

This time around we stayed at the Best Western Roundhouse Inn. It's about 2.5 miles from the hospital. The best thing about this place was their free shuttle service. Instead of having to pay $10-$20 per taxi ride the shuttle would take us anywhere within about a 3 mile radius of the hotel. The only fee involved is the trip to and from the airport. It's $8-9 per person.

The hotel also has a Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Marshalls, Old Navy, & a few other shops along with several restaurants and a grocery store within walking distance. I don't advice walking, but it's that close. A couple of locals told us we weren't in the safest neighborhood so we didn't do much strolling. But it was nice to be close enough to get out for a few minutes. Cabin Fever starts setting in around day 5!!! :)

Next time we may stay at a Best Western that is right next to the hospital and just pick up groceries and what not the day we arrive. It will be nice to be so close to the hospital we can just go back, take a nap or shower and come right back without the hassle of a taxi or shuttle.

January 4, 2008

11:00 a.m.

We were discharged around 11:00 a.m., but were kind of apprehensive about leaving so soon.

1. he wasn't on the bottle yet
2. his pain was still very present - still on codeine
3. the hotel definitely wouldn't have stand-by nurses &
I was told by a couple of moms that if you aren't ready to leave and don't feel it's in the best interest for Bauer then stay an extra night or two.
On the other hand we couldn't wait to get out of there. No more beeping, no more people running in at all hours of the night, only 3 people in our room, and no more bed cage or fold out chair!!

We loaded everything up and headed out.
My brother flew back to Florida yesterday and Dad has a flight out this afternoon. My grandma arrived about the time we were discharged and is staying 4 days. It's been tons of help having someone up here. Just simply knowing someone is there if you need to step out for a breather is wonderful.

48 hrs

After 2 days Bauer's face was still a good bit swollen. By 5 o'clock that morning the doctors came in and removed the packing from his nose. We could tell it really made breathing more comfortable and therefore eating was easier too. We were still syringe feeding by the end of the day, but things were improving much more than we had expected. He was taking in anywhere from 2 - 5 oz. per feeding. They weren't as frequent as normal, but he was getting calories.


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