Well it has been a busy week! It has certainly felt like the busiest week since those first few weeks after Max was born where every thing that happened felt big and scary. Thursday was Max’s hernia repair ad everything went really well.
Here’s how the day went:
4:20am – Max gets his last bottle :( he was a champ and took 85 mL, more than he’s ever eaten in one sitting.
6:00am – at the hospital packing up Max’s things. They don’t guarantee you get the same spot back once you come back, so you need to take everything it of your cupboards.
6:30am – nurse starts Max’s IV, normal saline to keep his fluids up.
7:00am – shift change and the ambulance crew arrives right on time. Max isn’t actually ready to go yet because usually everything is late. John and Lindsay quickly make sure Max is strapped into the transport pod, and we’re on our way by 7:30. So funny to realize that one of the EMTs taking us to the Stollery is an old friend from Crestwood Presbyterian, Jeremy Yacoub.
7:30am – loaded up in the ambulance and I’m allowed to sit with Max in the back. Lindsay held his head the whole ride because ambulances are a bumpier ride than I anticipated
8:00am – we arrive at the Stollery and head up to NICU. Max gets his bed assignment and we meet our nurse for the day, Karen. Max is awake but not screaming for food (much to my surprise). He stayed awake for most of the morning, and mostly was just curious. This caused Karen to declare (many times) that max was an angel. She was totally convinced that he was the most well behaved baby ever.
11:00am – rounds with the NICU team there, they mostly just said hello and re confirmed his surgery time for 1:30pm. One of the Nurse Practitioners that we knew from the Alex was on rotation there for the past month, so it was nice to have someone who knew Max and had experience with him able to give input while we were there.
11:30am – I ducked out to grab a quick lunch before we were going to take him down to the OR.
1:00pm – back at the bedside. Said hello to some of our old A Pod buddies. The whole group from our first month were all there for various reasons.
1:30pm – porter shows up to take Max down for surgery. Again, he wasn’t ready because we anticipated them running late. Quickly hooked up his monitors and oxygen to the isolette and started off downstairs.
1:45pm – met the surgeon and the anesthesiologist who were both very friendly and explained everything thoroughly. Max got wheeled into the OR and I went off to wait.
3:30pm – starting to feel nervous because everything is taking longer than I thought it would.
4:00pm – Chris is on the way to join me and I still haven’t seen Max.
4:15pm – saw Max in the hallway as they were bringing him back up. He is groggy and out of it, but crying a little and already successfully extubated! Chris arrives and we hold the poor little guy for awhile until he settles down. Initially Max’s heartrate was really high (200-220s) so they were diligent in checking his vitals every 15 minutes for the first few hours. This is normal procedure for babies after surgery anyways, but just to make sure nothing’s wrong.
5:00pm – gave Max a bottle, he’s so tired he only ate about 10 mL.
5:30 pm – Chris and I leave max with Karen to go get some supper. When we get back at 6:30, Max is already packed up and ready to go!!
6:30-7:30 wait for an ambulance crew.
8:00 heading back to the Alex! Just as Karen is leaving for the end of her shift. I could not believe we only had one nurse while we were gone!
8:30pm – back in our old spot in G pod. They didn’t even move Max’s crib!
9:00pm – still waiting for them to re-admit Max and give his nurse new orders. I got so frustrated waiting at this point because he poor little guy was so hungry. So I went a little bit mama bear and told (a little forcefully) the nurse I was feeding Max no matter what anyone said.
10:00pm I finally head home for the night with Max resting comfortably and sleeping soundly.