Andres’ last preoperative visit anywhere was today. The hospital made a big to do getting his bloodwork, and we met with the anesthesiologist, the nurses who did the blood draw and the child life nurse who explained things to us about Andres’ hospital stay and answered all our questions. They made such a fuss over making him comfortable and numbing his arm for the blood draw. I didn’t have the heart to tell them this boy has had shots and IVs without any fuss whatsoever, so all the extra comfort and “this won’t hurt a bit” wasn’t really necessary. Oh, well, gotta let them do it I guess. Our pediatrician’s nurse still gets tears in her eyes when she talks about Andres’ 4-year well child check where he just stared patiently and pleasantly into her pretty eyes while she gave him his shots. (She HATES giving shots.)
We’ll find out Monday what time we have to arrive at the hospital. For now, arrival time is 5:45 a.m. and Andres will be Dr. George’s first surgery of the day (and I heard it through the grapevine it will be his first operating day back from his vacation). Talk about a well-rested surgeon!!!! Thank you God!
The only catch is that because this is surgery, neurosurgery at that, it is quite possible Andres may get bumped to a later time if a more emergent case arises.
Originally his stay was slated at 3-4 days, but we’ve been told it will be more like 4-5. They expect him to be in PICU for 1-2 days. I hate the sound of that, but the truth is while he is in PICU he will have a nurse assigned to him and one other patient – that’s all. Apparently this nurse will be stationed outside the window to his room where she can see him and her other patient and she will be either there or actually in one of their rooms the entire shift. There is also at least one doctor assigned and present on the floor of the PICU at all times. So although PICU sounds pretty drastic, the care and attention Andres will get will be top notch.
Now it seems to be time to take care of the practical things like packing our bags and thinking of things to keep Andres busy once he starts feeling better but isn’t allowed to go home yet.
I know some of y’all have had children stay in the hospital before; I’m having a hard time coming up with things to bring that will keep him busy even if he is not feeling well. Any ideas?