|Little Dude would only sleep while I was holding him.|
That day, he seemed to worsen, becoming lethargic and tired with a decline in his breathing so his doctor decided to keep him overnight. It was a good thing we stayed because he did end up needing oxygen that night. FYI, we found out the hard way that he absolutely HATES the nasal cannula! He screamed, cried, and refused to settle down for 3 hours while pulling it out every few minutes, even after the nurse had taped it on. It was obvious that that wasn't going to work so she switched him to blow-by oxygen which meant aiming an oxygen hose at his face at all times. This helped him sleep and keep his oxygen levels up during the night.
|The Child Life department brought him a swing and an exersaucer to play with. He loved them both, but could only spend short amounts of time in the exersaucer because he got tired out too quickly.|
We'd been hoping to go home the next day, but since he'd needed oxygen during the night, he had to stay another night to be sure he could sleep without it. The doctor ordered saline nebs for him which helped loosen up the junk in his lungs. Thankfully, that afternoon, his condition improved and he was able to sleep all night without oxygen. His oral feeds went way down, but that was expected since he wasn't feeling well. However, thanks to the G Tube, he was able to get the full amount of feedings in anyway. He did throw up several times (thank goodness he likes baths!), but not enough to worry about dehydration.
Little Dude was discharged from the hospital last Thursday morning and we were both happy to be going home. When I walked in the door at my sister's house to pick up the kids, Star was elated. Not to see me...she was excited to see her baby brother. That afternoon, she refused to nap because she couldn't see him while laying down and kept asking to go say hi to him. It's so sweet to see the bond she has with him, even though he's turned her life upside down. I can see those two being best buddies and partners-in-crime when Little Dude gets older.
Oh, and sweet little Princess recovered quickly after resting all day Sunday. I was so happy that she felt better so quickly. She has a residual cough at the moment, but I anticipate that clearing up pretty soon.