Happy Veteran's Day!! Thanks to all the men and women who have served in our nation's Armed Forces to ensure the freedom of our nation continues.
I'll start with Steven updates: Last night we had to have another surgery. He had some adhesions and a little abscess. They got both of those taken care of and hopefully we'll actually just go up from here. My friend Hilary came and sat with me until Steven's mom could get here. It was so nice to have someone with my especially since she's an RN and knew what was going on too. I was a mess yesterday, not because the news was that bad but because it was just the exact opposite of what we wanted to hear.
So far today we've been doing ok. They put him on a PCA (where he can pump his own pain medicine) and that is so nice because now we don't have to wait as long when he starts having pain. We've waited over 30 minutes for pain medicine multiple times and I have had to go one level shy of Shirley MacLaine a couple of times.
Other than those updates there's not much else going on with us. I'm pretty sure Jack thinks I killed Steven and that we're not a single parent family. Haha I can only imagine how excited Jack is going to be when Steven finally gets to come home. That's why I love dogs so much, no matter how crappy you feel they always know how to make you feel better.
|Please ignore Jack's mutant eyes.|
So there haven't been many perks to this week but I have a really nice one coming this weekend. My mom is coming up tonight and bring her dog Webster. She's going to clean my house for me and get me all caught up on laundry and she's bringing food to put in the freezer so when he gets out we don't have to worry about that. If I could ever suggest something that a family who's been in the hospital needs, that is it. Balloons, cards, flowers, and the like are such nice thoughts but getting my house cleaned for me is just the best. It's going to make me less stressed when I get home at night and it will make our transition back home so much easier.
Another one of the few perks about all of this is that I have learned so much. I now know how to place and flush NG tubes, how to diagnose appendicitis, the complications that arise from appendectomy and other abdominal surgeries. I know what an ileus is, what adhesions are, and what symptoms of both of those look like. More importantly though I've learned how hard it is to be in the hospital. I've been very blessed my whole life to never have an overnight stay in the hospital and never really have family that needed to be in there either. I hope I never lose this empathy.
Thank you everyone for all of you prayers, thoughts, and well wishes. It has been so comforting to get on here and Twitter and see that people are praying for us and thinking about us, especially since it's people we've never even met. I cannot find the words to thank you all enough.
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