Thursday, April 2, 2009

In PICU

The last few days have been very busy in the lead up to Joshy's op. Along with the usual visitors from family and friends, there have of course also been the usual visits from physio's, occupational therapists, the rehab team, different people involved in the operation Joshy had done today, and other medical people.

It would seem that this op, particularly the fundoplication, happened at the right time; Josh's vomits have been increasing over the last few days, and last night it got scary. We've been told that normal stomach secretions are a yellow-green colour, and at times, this is the colour that has shown. But over the last day or so, they had gone back to a dark brown, or as its called by medicos, a coffee bean colour. This colour suggests old blood mixed with the stomach secretions, but it's difficult to ascertain where the blood comes from. It could be anywhere from his nose, down to his stomach, or it could be from an ulcer perhaps (although he is on meds to lessen the likelihood of that). There were 6 or 7 "vomits" of this colour, but eventually they stopped.

I didn't sleep too good, even though Josh had a great night. Lots of dreams.

We've had our own room since we've been in the normal ward for last six weeks, but this morning I was told I needed to pack the whole room, even though it's likely Josh will return to the ward sometime tomorrow!

Josh was taken up the surgical ward around 9am and they gave John a buzzer to notify us when Josh was in recovery. He came out around 2pm, and we met him in ICU. We were told there were no problems during the procedures, which is great. He is a champion!

It is expected that feeds via his PEG button will start tomorrow, and hopefully he'll be out of ICU after that.

This pic of Joey was taken about an hour after being brought in to PICU.





7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear it all went well. Thinking of you guys all the time. Josh you are adorable.

Liz and Ashleigh

Tara said...

So glad it went well...hope the start of feeds do too!

Anonymous said...

I don't know you, I'm a local, but found your blog by accident, or maybe not... I've been touched by your story, possibly cause I have a son similar in age to Josh and we also have a pool... My heart aches for you and your family, I cannot begin to imagine what you are going thru, or how you are feeling... Your story is one that will be with me forever! I wish you all the strength & love for yours & Josh's road ahead... xx Tina

Tianne said...

Have been thinking of you today Wendy and Josh. So glad hear everything has gone so well.

Tianne xx

Jodie said...

I was thinking of little Josh a lot today, hoping everything went well, so I thought I would check in on his blog...really happy to hear he went well.
I feel privelidged to have met Josh and he has been in my thoughts since Monday night.
I have almost finished his piece and it has turned out really well -I will drop it off soon.

Jodie
(Smallprint)

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I found your blog by accident.I don't know what to say.I am very inspired by our story. I have twin sons similar in age to Josh .

I refused to have a pool because when my oldest was three he was a monkey who did get into our pool (at another house) using all manner of devices as a preschooler ...heavy chairs he would drag over.Determination.

My heart aches for your family and especially your gorgeous Jojo.

I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, or how you are feeling ...I will be forever vigilant about water and my children and I'll tell me friends too.

I heard about your story on Kyle and Jackie O but all the pieces only just fell into place now.

I wish you and your family all the strength & love to deal with this tragedy.

Permanently twenty three said...

I am thinking about Josh, you and your family all the time. Thank you for sharing your story.

I also wanted to say how gorgeous little Josh is! He looks like an angel in that picture. I look forward to hearing lots of positive news about his progress.

xx

 
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