Thursday, June 24, 2010

Post-Op Day 3

Today was a really good day!  Here's Mr. Kimble's Top 10 for his post-op Day 3.

10:  Double dose of lasix with a topping of another diuretic.  We could almost see those fluids decreasing minute by minute.  With the fluid reduction came a few happy things, like:

9:  Eating!  Although Kimble still isn't quite up to par with his eating, he did much better today. He had his appetite back, and let us know that he was hungry.  That was a fantastic step in the right direction.

8:  Awake time.  Kimble actually wanted to be awake and interact with us.  He started cooing again.  He watched us entertain him.  He watched two more movies today (Finding Nemo and Up), which he then dozed off  halfway through like he was an old man.

7:  Sitting up.  He is no longer an invalid on the bed.  He can sit up on my lap again, and he loved the new perspective.  Also, his daddy got some time with him today, which they both loved.

6:  Plasma.  He received two packets of FFP (fresh frozen plasma) to boost up his blood so that it will clot.  The plasma worked like a charm.

5:  Visits from nurses and doctors.  Kimble is quite a popular little boy.  Many nurses and doctors remember him (and us) from our five week stay in Nov/Dec.  He gets quite a few comments like "He's a horse!"  "Look at those thighs!" and "Oh, he is the cutest baby ever!"  (Here is a picture with him and our Fellow doctor, Jesse.  It was nap time for Kimble. :))

4:  Quiet time.  Kimble likes his naps.  He rests and recovers very well for being a patient.

3:  Toys.  Kimble loves his new toys, like his chest tubes, his nasal canula, his blood pressure monitor, and his medicine lines.  They are fun to play with, pull on, and twist up.  Speaking of his nasal canula, Kimble is back on oxygen.  I'll talk more about that when we get discharged.

2:  Removals!  Kimble had two of his chest tubes removed today, along with his RA pressure line.  He received some medication beforehand, which was supposed to make him very drugged and very calm, so he wouldn't flap his arms and feet around, and so that he would not elevate his pressures at all, while the tubes were being removed.  Well, the medicine made him still for about 20 seconds, and then he got all giggly and prancy and he was grabbing at things and cooing at the doctor.  It was hilarious, and he made everyone laugh.  He also got a second dose of it, which made him even more vocal.  He was very cute.

1:  Number 1 on the list today, was that Kimble got his smile back!!  Yay for Kimble.  A happy baby means everything when you are post-op!

19 comments:

Colleen said...

Kimble makes my heart melt with that smile! And those pictures of him and Daddy made me get a little misty...don't know why! I am glad today was a day of good progress and especially smiles!

Jen said...

What a great day! And what great smiles from everyone. Love all the good news. Keep it up Kimble.

Reynolds Family said...

Oh my goodness-he absolutely IS the cutest thing EVER. Glad he is doing so well!

homefront said...

I see those smiles! Keep them coming.

Nancy said...

yay!! kimble's been on my mind all day, i love you little man!

ladybug said...

Great Great news! Thanks for sharing! Believe it or not, I remember some of those stages with my 36 year old patient! Looks like you're on a great path! Congrats, and remember to take care of you!

Nicole said...

This is wonderful news, Shaina!! I love Kimble's sweet smile!

Michelle said...

Oh, I am so happy for you, Kimble and your family. Thank you so much for keeping us posted. Still a lot of prayers raising for this sweet one!

Jed and Kera said...

Yippee! Everyone loves a great top 10 list! Keep it up Kimble! :O)

kdaygirl said...

Very cool!

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

Thank God! He is the cutest little thing ever...thank you for the update...love to see kimble, daddy and you smile =)

homefront said...

I love it when your nose krinkles when you laugh, very becoming.

Maynards said...

Thanks so much for the upadates. They are wonderful. I am so glad Kimble is doing well. Hooray for getting tubes removed! That last picture with you and Kimble smiling is priceless. I am so happy for all of you!

Sharon said...

Nancy's comment was actually from me (sharon) but she loves Mr. Kimble too!

sally7kids said...

so happy things are progressing really well with the little guy. what a cutie.

courtney said...

He is such a cutie, I hope to see him soon!

When we way our prayers, the kids are quick to remind whoever is praying to pray for baby kimble...very sweet for them to remember. They ask to see his picture often!

Paula said...

Great to hear he is doing well and has that adorable smile back!

SarahB said...

So thankful that he is improving so much! Love that precious little smile!

Dan and Katie said...

WOW! What great news! That picture of him smiling and you holding him is BEAUTIFUL! I think I want to hang it on my cubicle :)