Friday, April 26, 2013
Caleb and I made it home on Wednesday evening, only seven days after his surgery! For reference, we were told to plan on 10 days to a month.
After Caleb's chest tubes came out on Tuesday morning and he was on room air with good oxygen saturations, there were only a couple of hurdles standing in our way of coming home.
The first hurdle was a chest x-ray. It was supposed to be at 9:30 am on Wednesday morning. At 9:40, no one had come to get us, so I started getting antsy. I finally found a nurse technician and after a fashion, we got a ride down to x-ray. Caleb did a great job and the x-ray went smoothly, but you have to have someone else read the x-ray to tell you if it is good or not. The x-ray was done, but we didn't know if we would be staying or going.
Caleb's blood work showed that his potassium level was low again. When he is on diuretics, he loses potassium easily, then they need to give him more. Caleb got two rounds of potassium over a course of two hours. We had to wait another hour until they could draw more blood and check his levels again. At 1:45 pm, the blood was drawn and we found out his levels were still low. No one was sure if he would need two more rounds or not. I was really getting antsy now as this would add at least three more hours to our stay. At 2:30, we still had not heard whether they were going to give him more or not.
We went down to get Caleb's prescriptions from the pharmacy and they had missed one of his medications. The pharmacy closes at 6:00 pm and this is an uncommon medication, so I got even more antsy. I didn't want to spend another night in the hospital because we were waiting on a prescription.
Around 3:30 we found out that they had not ordered more potassium, so they were going to call it good with his levels. We have to go to the lab and have his levels checked on Friday.
Around this time, we found that the x-ray had been read and looked fine, so we went through the discharge process. The nurse practioner pulled Caleb's central line out of his neck and we were free leave. We had to wait another 45 minutes until someone was available to walk us out because we were using the hospital's cart to move our stuff. Caleb was very tired of being in his room, so I pushed him up and down the hallway in a stroller.
We finally made it out, got his last prescription from the pharmacy and hit the road at 4:45. We missed the bulk of rush hour traffic and made it home around 7:00 pm. Phil and the Big Three were at Sam's baseball game. Caleb was pretty excited when they got home. He was feeling good, even after the long car ride. You really couldn't tell anything out of the ordinary had happened in the past week.
We are so thankful to be home. Thanks so much to everyone that has helped us with food, gifts, prayers and words of encouragement. We are blessed to have so many great friends and family members!
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