Randy and I brought Maren home yesterday! Rachel (the Nurse Practitioner) came in yesterday morning and said that we'd probably be going home that day but I didn't really believe her until she came back with a little packet of home care instructions. Can you believe it? Two weeks!
Maren has made it clear that although she's home, a full recovery is still a little ways down the road. She's very sore. When I asked her to sit up in her crib this morning, she couldn't but she did keep herself up when I sat her down in front of the TV-- an improvement from yesterday. She's not ready to walk, not even ready to try, but I'm sure we'll get there soon.
Our biggest concern right now is her constipation. I have never seen her belly so swollen and tight as it was tonight. I feel so bad for her. It's hard to tell what hurts more-- her sore chest or her bloated belly. There isn't much we can do about it except wait for the laxatives to do their thing. I hate seeing her not feeling well :(
On a good note, she's eating like a horse! We were told to expect a poor appetite for the next few weeks, but apparently Maren didn't get that memo. She's even eating healthy stuff-- apples and bananas. Considering she follows Randy's general rule of not eating anything that was grown from the ground or a tree, that's pretty impressive. Now if we can just get some of that good food to come out the other end, we'll be in business!
Please keep our little friend, Caelen, in your prayers. He was transferred to the Heart and Kidney Unit a short while ago, after spending months in the CICU. He's been able to avoid returning to the CICU after being diagnosed with the flu. Please remember him along with his mom and dad.
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