Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Got to take an outing when Sea World came to Children's Hospital for the sick kiddos. Karsie could only handle a little bit and then got pretty tired. She enjoyed the wagon mostly.
Not as scary as Santa, but still not too fun. This guy took an interest in Karsie and was good with her.
Karsie is doing pretty well so far. Our goal is to keep her pain managed and help her heal the internal sutures as best she can. The nurses have been really helpful with that goal. She has been still and calm most of the time!
We had a diaper change yesterday afternoon, but it was dry. We were concerned since she is getting a good deal of IV fluid. The nurses let us know that the orders say that she has 12 hours to urinate before they will use a catheter. Midnight came, and I tried wiping her down with warm water... still nothing. So, around 1:30 she got a new dose of morphine and a catheter (in just long enough to help her eliminate). She did well, and half-way through said, "I go pee pee." We asked if she felt better, and she said, "I feel better." So, hopefully that was the trick to get her to keep going on her own. As of this morning, she still has had a dry diaper- so keep praying for pee.
She slept for about 12 hours last night (off and on), which is better than we had hoped for.
Dr. Saenz came in this morning and said everything looks pretty good. He is trying to be really conservative with her and hope those stitches hold, so she is still not allowed to eat/drink today. He expects to do the barium study tomorrow to check for leakage in her stomach. If that is good, she will get to have liquids. If not, then he will reassess and likely do a second surgery.
This turns out to be a fun day to be at the hospital- Sea World is bringing live penguins to the hospital, and Karsie gets to go see them in a fun little wagon! She is on restricted movement (really light play only), but she is allowed to go down for this special event. I am sure we will be posting pics of that later! In the mean time, Here is a pic of our little Bug