Thursday, September 29, 2011
Steven Joseph is doing great. We are trying to keep him home away from germs (they say the bypass machine really wiped out his immune system), and trying to keep him calm and resting, but it is proving to be quite difficult! I've found him on top of the washing machine and balancing on the arm of the couch. I am constantly telling him to stop running. We have all sorts of electronics, books, arts and crafts, and quiet things for him to do, but it's hard to keep a 3yr old still!
He's rather sore and is still on one daily medication until at least Monday, when we go for our post-op appointment where he'll also get his stitches out. It's quite a scar! But I imagine when the steri-strips are off and we stop doing daily iodine wipes, it will look just like a little thin line down his chest. We're working on getting him eating more; his appetite is not quite back and he's lost a few pounds. Today he ate so much better. He has a little hunchback, I imagine it hurts to stand straight. Today I asked him about the hospital...he remembers some of his experiences, but thankfully doesn't remember the morning of surgery or his time in the CVICU.
In a few days, I'll start writing out the story of his surgery. It was quite an intense few days, and I feel the need to just rest and recuperate this week. It's like we ran a marathon, physically and emotionally. We've had family and friends helping out and taking the girls to their activities, so I've had lots of time with my sweet boys. I'm just soaking in the love and praising God for a healed heart!