Friday, May 30, 2014
Post Surgery, Day 2
Zeke had a pretty uneventful night and got the breathing tube out around 7:30 this morning. He is still in the pediatric ICU. He has been doing okay and we seem to be managing pain alright but he is getting frustrated by all the wires and bandages, the extra heat that is required to keep the blood vessels from constricting, and being in bed. He just pitched a pretty good fit but the nurses all said that even with that, he's doing great. It sounds like he might get to go to the regular floor tomorrow. Part of the issues revolve around the inability to cast his hand and foot since there is still a lot of swelling (totally normal). So he has this makeshift dressing that is swaddled with cotton padding and gauze and is loosely held together with bandages and tape. Definitely not 3 year old proof, especially when everyone wants you to hold your arm upright at a 90 degree angle. We've lost our permanent bedside nurse but they still want the hand monitored continuously with a Doppler monitor and kept upright. I think it's also starting to bother his shoulder as he was complaining of back pain. It's a lot of work for his muscles to be in that position so much. Amazingly, he has moved the new finger several times already.