It’s been a long & difficult admission (as they all are these days) and it hit last weekend like a ton of bricks. I woke up Saturday feeling a little “off” & by Sunday was barely able to get out of bed. Ugh! Emerson’s NP checked me over on Monday & prescribed an antibiotic, along with high-dose ibuprofen to reduce swelling in my throat… 48 hours later & I’m feeling much better. Not great, but much better. Thank goodness! There are few things harder than living in a hospital with your sick child. Living in a hospital with your sick child when you’re also sick, though, makes the short list.
Emerson’s run of good potassium levels post surgery has run out, sadly. Her levels have been low (again) for several mornings now & she’s been requiring a bolus everyday. The team has slowly been increasing potassium in her IV fluids, without much improvement overall. We have a very good standing history with Emerson, though, & we have a pretty good idea what her body will (& will not) do. In all, she’s not where we’d hoped to be at discharge… but that’s what we’re doing today – boarding a plane home to Colorado. It’s time to go home.
The team will increase potassium again this evening & we’ll get labs from home tomorrow morning. We’ll be back sometime this fall. For now, though, we’re going home 🙂