Monday, June 23, 2008

Post Op (hopefully for the last time)

Mikan is currently recovery from hernia surgery and a circumcision. Both operations went as planned, and Mikan is receiving morphine every two to four hours for the pain. He is visibly uncomfortable: back arching, grimacing, mute cries, arm flailing. He is on a dextrose IV that replaces his feedings. Tomorrow morning he gets to resume digesting his food.

We have lots to do before we bring Mikan home:
1.) Home vent training. (Wednesday and Thursday afternoon)
2.) Get outlets grounded. (Wednesday afternoon)
3.) Clean house really well. (Tuesday and next weekend)
4.) Bring in stroller to rig it up with all the stuff we need. (Tuesday afternoon)
5.) Clean car really well. (Day before come home)
6.) Go grocery shopping to have some food at our house, lots of paper towels, alcohol wipes and hand sanitizer. (Day before come home)
7.) Send notices to local utilities and emergency response groups. (hospital may do this for us)
8.) Make up sign that lists the rules for visitors to our house. (Take shoes off, Kiss the feet, wash the hands)
9.) Get electric stove fixed. (Tuesday Afternoon)
10.) CPR Class (TBA)
11.) Interview and select home nurses (TBA).
12.) Select a pediatrician (we're pretty close to having this done).
13.) Have duct work cleaned. (TBA)

There, I feel better putting it on paper helps me to see what needs to be done. At least there are two of us and only one of him.


Life in the Bend said...

Do you have people signed up to bring you meals once you're all home? Would you like some help cleaning? Please let us know! We'll be out of town this weekend, but Paul and I are both free on Thursday.

Biggest FAN (favorite aunt Nikole said...

We are glad that you made it through your surgery (both procedures). Your cousins Maggie and Jack are looking forward to the day that they can meet you in person. We hope that is very soon.
All of our love,
The McCoys