We just got home after spending another full day at the hospital – we’ll probably be doing this for another week or so. It looks as though none of the days coming will be as hard as yesterday was. Douglas is continuing to improve and impress us all with his strength. There don’t seem to be any new complications, so we think that they might be able to close up his chest as early as Monday morning, but nothing’s certain.
If they can close the chest that soon, it will mean one of the biggest remaining concerns will be gone. As one of the PICU nurses said tonight, “His chest is open – he’s one of the sickest kids here.” Although that statement sounds bad, Jenny pointed out something really good; even though Douglas is really sick now, we know that he’s on his way to a full recovery soon.
Even though our hospital time has just started, we’ve had great service and support from everyone at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital: Sister Gladys, our doula; Dr. Shumway, our OB; our Labor and Delivery nurses, Tiffanie, Annie, Katie, and especially Jennifer; Dr. Tepe in Labor and Delivery; everyone in the birth Operating Room; the NICU nurses, Anna and Angie; the cardiologists that performed the cath procedure, Drs. Muygkens, Ludomirsky, and Foerester (and everyone else that assisted); Dr. Hauft, the NICU attending; Dr. Huddleston, the chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, who performed the arterial switch, and everyone that assisted him; our PICU nurses, Tara, Kym, Jackie, and Danyelle; the PICU attending, Dr. Underwood; and the many, many other doctors, nurses, and support staff whose names we’ve forgotten or never knew.
Also, great thanks to our friends that have stopped by: Ericka and Chris, Rob and Leeann, and Barb and Margaret. If you are in the St. Louis and want to stop by, give us a call; we’ll let you know if it’s a good time. It’s great to see people.