Sunday, December 12, 2010

Scarlette's Surgery Day 2 and 3

So yesterday after we got the pain under control Scarlette slept for most of the day. She would wake up in some pain about an hour before meds were due and then go right back to sleep as soon as morphine was administered. She had her last dose of morphine around 5 p.m. yesterday and then we switched over to tylenol with codeine.

Mitch and my mom brought dinner and we all ate in SJ's hospital room while she slept. My mom and I then left Mitch there for the night. Scarlette woke up at about midnight and was up watching tv until 3 a.m. Then slept until 6 a.m. and was up for the day. The tylenol w/ codeine seemed to be helping the pain.

I arrived at the hospital this morning at about 8 a.m. to a very grumpy young lady. Mitch stayed for about 20 minutes filling me in on the night and then went home to sleep and relax. Scarlette was not happy today, but she wasn't in a ton of pain from her surgery. She seemed to be very irritated and had a lot of gas in her belly which was probably causing most of her aggravation. The doctors did rounds at 9:30 and said that she could have some pedialyte by mouth today. They also prescribed her something to help w/her constipation and gas. I was pleasantly shocked to see a familiar face. Dr Chahine, the peds surgeon in the NICU of the hospital where Scarlette was born, and the also the surgeon that performed her umbilical cutdown walked into the room. He recognized our name so he knew who I was before recognition set in for me. It was amazing to see this doctor who I haven't seen in over a year, but who we saw often when SJ was first born and was ALMOST her surgeon for her d. hernia repair. He was very kind and remarked on how healthy Scarlette looked.

After the doctors left it took me about 3 hours to calm Scarlette down. Then when she finally fell asleep the nurses came in and woke her up to give her meds (GRRRRR). She cried again for another two or so hours, intermittently, but enough to have me looking at the clock every five minutes wondering when my relief would be there! I started to feed her some pedialyte, we got about 15 mL in before she decided she had had enough.

Mom and Mitch showed up at 5 p.m., and Mitch and I went and got a snack while Mom said goodbye to Scarlette. We hung out until 6:30 p.m. and then I had to drive Mom to Dulles airport. Mitch is with Scarlette now and she seems to be doing well. She has even had a little bit more of her pedialyte. Hopefully tomorrow we can start some feeds through the tube, and maybe even a little bit of formula! Thank you all for your continued encouragement and support, and I hope that this update is succinct enough and not laden with confusing medical terms! :0)

the Skrove's

1 comment:

  1. I have been sending prayers and good wishes your way...glad that little Scarlette is recovering I said earlier, after Maria's surgery, the first two days were the worst, and morphine was our savior...but it got much better after that! Those first two and a half days, I was convinced I had made the wrong decision having the surgery because she was just in SO much pain! I'm glad that Scarlette seems to be past the worst of that now...hang in there...home soon!!

    ~ Lora