Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Oxygen

My house smells like oxygen.  I'm so in tune with that scent, that even though I'm sure if you walk in my house, you wouldn't think "oxygen!", I smell it.  It clings and oozes from Kimble.  That's alright though, because it's what he needs right now.  Kimble is on oxygen for a few weeks.  This will help his lungs expand and contract a bit more easily, which will prevent fluid build-up around his lungs.  Build-up means drainage, which means surgery and drainage tubes.  We are hoping to prevent that.  Thus: Oxygen.

Also, Mr. Kimble is sportin' a cute little bib that he got in the CICU.  Our friend Heather, who works there, had these designed for their cardiac babies.  For six weeks, Kimble can't be picked up under his arms.  I need to cradle-hold him when I pick him up, or move him around.  Picking up from under the arms stretches his chest, which is freshly sewn together (from the rib cage, to the muscles, to the skin and tissues) and we don't want to damage the healing process.  The bibs are to remind you...just in case you forget...which is easy to do.

We are very happy to be home.  I love having my own bathroom again (without paper toilet seat covers), my own bed to sleep in, darkness and quiet at night (instead of it being alive with hospital life), and my own kitchen.  Although I'm low on food, there's gotta be something around that I can make.  Kitchens make me happy.

Since my van is in Utah with the kids, I'm kinda stuck at home during the day, but I'm not put out by that at all.  I get to enjoy some quiet time with Kimble.  I have a stack of books to read.  I have some laundry to do.  I'm quite happy.  So happy, in fact, that I might just take a few days off blogging...

...or maybe not.  We'll see.

10 comments:

kdaygirl said...

Your van is lonely I am sure, it hasnt been driven since it got here Friday.

Jed and Kera said...

Oh I can't imagine how nice it is to be home! Keep up the great healing Kimble!! :O) P.S. My cookbook should be here in two days! I'm very excited to try some of your recipes.

Adri said...

I'm so glad you are home! Hooray!

Can't wait to see you and Mr. Kimble!

Julie said...

He is looking so cute! I don't remember my house smelling like oxygen, but maybe I just mixed it in with all the other new-baby smells. I LOVE the bib! So glad you're doing well.

Ande said...

So happy to see that he is home and that all is going well. He is such a sweet little guy. Glad that you are at your own house too, hard to be at the hospital and getting barely any sleep. Love you tons!!!!!! Thinking of you often.

Maynards said...

I am so glad you are home. I bet it feels wonderful!

runningfan said...

Welcome home to you! I love the bib. Enjoy your quiet time!

David and Jackie said...

Hi Shaina, Sorry I have not been commenting for a while. I have been reading and praying for you during Kimble's surgery. It sounds like he made it through great! It seems like his hospital recovery was fairly smooth as well. Praise God! I know what you mean about the O2 smell. We had a tank in our house for over a year when Grace was first born. How nice that you got a bib for a reminder. It is really easy to forget. Even harder when they are three years old! I can't remember if I told you that Grace had emergency surgery back in March. Her pacemaker and the leads stopped working so everything had to be replaced. It was scary and stressfull but Dr. Azaike (her surgeon) did a great job and she is totally healed now. She even had her first dance recital a few weeks ago :)
Anyway, I am glad you guys are home and I will continue to pray that Kimble heals quickly.
Hugs~ Jackie

Enjoying Life One day @ a Time! said...

Hi Shaina, so happy to see you guys are home! Kimble looks great, love the picture of him with his big smile. I will continue to pray...

purejoy said...

home AND a new blog layout!!?? how exciting is THAT!!? so glad you got to come home to a quiet-ish house so you and heath can get kimble settled back into the home routine. even with a nasal canula, that kid is adorable!! (hope you don't get tired of hearing it… but he is)

welcome home and i love, love LOVE the new blog look!