Mom snuggled in bed with Kathryn around 9:30. They both slept well until 12:30 when the bed needed to be change because the feeding tube exploded. Kathryn slept great the rest of the night.
This morning she was wide a wake and ready to hop out of bed. She told Richard that you and Mom know how to do everything and I don’t need a nurse at home, I ‘m ready to go home. Wednesday is the day we should be heading home now. Home health and all of that are pretty much arranged. We will be shown in the hospital how the bi-pap machine works tomorrow. Most everything will be delivered to the house tomorrow or Wednesday. I think we will go home by ambulance just because of the snow.
Kathryn had Holly for her nurse today and she made sure Kathryn got up and to work. She had Kathryn get up and sit in a regular chair. Mom did her nails. Then Pam with PT came and got Kathryn to walk with a walker. She walked out of the room to the hallway then got in a wheel chair. From getting into the chair with Holly to getting back in bed a good 3 hours went by. She took a bit of a rest and then Ernie with Speech therapy came by. She almost got a strawberry shake. Strawberry Ice cream instead. Of course it was just a few little bites but it sure was good. He said her swallow is right on track. She isn’t ready to eat or drink but she is on the right path. She also did some talking today with the talking valve on. OT came by immediately after and did some great core exercises with her. We took over the trach care today and Holly (the nurse) taught us how to do the feeding through the feeding tube.
Tomorrow will be even busier. We have nurses to meet. We have the bi-pap machine to learn. Hopefully we will take over most of the feeding and the administering of the meds. Scott (Dad) will be meeting people at the house for deliveries. Richard will be picking up some supplies. Carol (Mom) will be meeting people at the hospital. We also have to clear out this room. We may need to rent a u-haul truck!
The ENT doctor will be by on Tuesday or Wednesday to replace this trach with a new one. Hopefully a speaking one. The trachs get replaced once a month.
So, If you are wondering, I think Christmas will fall on Jan 20th or 21st. The tree is still alive and well.
Time for another couple of sessions of the OC tonight. Snuggling in bed will be great!
Believe - Believe - Believe Kathryn will get well with the healing hand of God!