Monday, March 18, 2013

Day One

Sam has finally just nodded off to sleep.  So far they have drawn one lot of bloods from his cannula.  They are checking to see his if his Heparin levels are at the right dose.  They will continue to do this every four hours until they are in limits, so that means 10.30pm, 2.30am, 6.30am etc.  Please pray that they well settle quickly.

Sam's skin has always been very sensitive. He even reacted to the tegaderm that they used today to keep the angel cream on.  The cannula's hurt and sting a little where they enter the skin and then are cold up his arm So pray that they settle down too please.  I asked the nurses for a dose of paracetamol tonight so that he could go to sleep without the little stabbing pains. 

Once Sam's heparin levels are good, they will have to do little else tomorrow except observe so this is what we are aiming for. 

Wednesday is the day that his cardiac catheter will occur. 

Please pray for Don, he has had a really rough day in more ways than one today.  I won't elaborate, just pray.

I am sleeping (yeah right) beside Sam's bed tonight and will be each night this week. 

Hospitals are such strange places, nobody truly likes them.  We are all here trying to make the best of the circumstance in which we find ourselves.

Sam speaks politely to all of the nurses while he eyes them suspiciously, and then as they are finishing up his obs, he reminds them firmly and with warning in his voice that they will not be using a needle on him. On that note, please pray that the cannula that they are using to draw blood remains working well.  We do not need an encore of today's events.

One step at a time, one prayer at a time, each time closer to a life post Fontan.

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