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Monday, July 16, 2012

Week 28 in Pictures

Well, the good news is we got to come home from the hospital on Friday.  The bad news is we are back again.  :(  I didn't get to finish my blog posts about our great hospital adventure, but let me just quickly summarize the past few days.

Alex was doing great on Thursday and Friday so we got to go home.  All tubes, IVs, and PICC lines were removed and we were so excited to be leaving Hotel de Children's Hospital.  Everything was swell until Saturday evening when he started vomiting.  He vomited 4 times between 7 pm Saturday and 11 am Sunday, so I called the hospital and they wanted to see him.  So we drove back down, had X-rays, an IV, another NG tube, an a CT scan.  He was admitted Sunday night around 8:00 and here we are.

The word is that he has an abscess in his belly.  Tomorrow we are supposed to go to IR (surgery) to get another PICC line and possibly have the abscess drained.  He will be started back on TPN (nutrition) and he's also getting more IV antibiotics.


Not sure how long we will be here this time, but we are definitely hoping it won't be as long as last time.  We do not want to spend the whole month of July in the hospital.  Minus those 45 hours we got to spend at home over the weekend.

Anyway, having said all that, most of last week's photos were taken at the hospital again.  And it looks like this week's photos will be also.  :(

Daddy and Alex had fun looking at an Eye Spy book.  Alex is really good at Eye Spy.  (The tube in Alex's nose is the NG tube - used to drain fluids from his stomach).

Alex loves to watch the marble machine that is in the hospital clinic's waiting room.  We were there several times during our stay just to see the train and the marble machine.  And I'm sure we'll visit it again now that we're back.  (When we would go walking, I would tie his NG tube inside his gown's tie in the back.  That way no one had to hold it and it wasn't pulling on him.  The nurses thought that was the neatest idea.)

Doug brought our last chrysalis to the hospital so I wouldn't miss when this handsome fellow decided to join us.  This was the magical day.  We set him free in the hospital's healing garden.

Some Pittsburgh Penguins players came to the hospital to play games with the kids.  Grammy and Alex wanted their picture taken with Iceburgh, the Penguins' mascot.  Fun times!  Except for the whole being-stuck-in-the-hospital part.  :)

Adventures & Misadventures of Daily Living

Alex and I did some spin art in the playroom.  It looked prettier while it was spinning.  :)

The day we came home!  Honey was so excited to see us, she nearly knocked me over.  Once I got her calmed down, I decided she needed to be my POTD.

Nick and I went for a walk down to our neighbor's pond.  There were plenty of dragonflies buzzing around.  This one was nice enough to sit still for me.  :)
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Laura said...

Ooooh! Very cool spin art picture!

And bonus points to Doug for bringing the chrysalis to you!

Tammy said...

So sorry to hear about Alex being back in the hospital. :( I said a prayer for him!!

The Shades of Pink said...

Poor kiddo! Hope he's home (For good) soon!

Arti said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I just hope all your hospital troubles are soon over. Keep faith in God.
Wish you a nice day.
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Michelle said...

Kimberly, my heart goes out to you. I just caught up on all your happenings...wow. Praying for Alex. Hope he's doing well. I can imagine you can't wait to go home and stay there this time around. I'll add his name to our prayer chain.

packmom said...

Your poor little boy. I hope next week is much better for him and he's out of the hospital soon. Great nature shots.

The Shades of Pink said...

Just checking in on you guys.

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

UNREAL!!!! I can't believe all this has happened. Praying that things get better. Props to your hubs for bringing in the chrysalis so you would not miss it. I'm impressed.

Jenn said...

Kimberly, I am so sorry to hear what your son is going through. I will pray for him and for your whole family.

Sarah Halstead said...

Beautiful photos. Sorry you all had to spend so much time in the hospital. It looks like a pretty great hospital though.