and couldn't have been happier! We were expecting Derrick to be more swollen than yesterday so we had tried to prepare ourselves, but he looked SO much better! He had a good night and was sleeping comfortably...obviously! Ha!
and even held his own bottle! (I hope you're proud Heidi! :)
I think he was trying to show off and prove that he was ready to get out of the PCICU.
He even gave in and took a binky, which he hasn't taken in months.
I guess old habits die hard, huh?
So, the day went on and we were on again, off again with the whole moving to the floor possibility. There were three kids on the list to move up and Derrick was number two. The first one went, then someone got discharged, and now we're on 7C! Woo Hoo!!
Today's list of accomplishments:
- cerebral oximeter removed
- oxygen removed
- RA line removed
- arterial line removed
- two chest tubes
- peripheral line
- pacer wires
Today while they were preparing to remove D's lines they gave him a dose of Morphine. We had to leave because they'd rather parents not watch the procedure because it's painful and the kids usually get pretty upset. Well, when his nurse gave him the Morphine she said he started waving and trying to dance around. Dr. Hsia ordered another dose along with some Versed, and Derrick continued to wave and talk. She said he was acting like he was there for a party! Another half dose later, Derrick was holding his bottle and pointing it at the crowd that had gathered around to watch his show, then he would take a sip and continue his madness. They gave up and just pulled the lines, and they said he didn't mind at all. Obviously he enjoys morphine? That can't be good! Lol! Later we had people stopping by his bed telling us about his show saying, "You've got a partier!" Why doesn't this surprise me? :)
All of the doctors and nurses have been amazed at how well Derrick has done with his recovery. Dr. Hsia has been all smiles and couldn't be happier. They told us that he couldn't move through the process any faster, and that he's one tough little guy...but we already knew that! :)
Once again, thank you so much for your messages and emails; we treasure reading each one of them. Someday Derrick will enjoy reading them too. Maybe before his next surgery we'll go through and read them all to him so he can see how many people love him and pray for him. If it makes him one-tenth as happy as it makes us, he'll be over the moon! Most of all, thank you for your continued prayers. We know they have carried all of us through this journey, and we hope you will continue to pray for all of our family, but especially for Derrick. He's one tough little guy, but only by God's Grace. We pray that He continues to bless Derrick with the strength that he has thus far. Sometimes it makes me feel guilty that he has done so well with this whole heart thing while other kids fight just as hard and have a more difficult time. I know that God has a plan for all of them, and I know that Derrick's journey can take an unexpected turn at anytime. I ask that you please remember all of the kids (and their families) who have to fight so much harder than a child should ever have to fight. Please especially remember our friends Logan and Jordan, who are recovering from surgery, and Ruthie, who will be undergoing surgery really soon. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!
And without further ado...
a sweet cheeky smile for you!