Saturday, October 13, 2007

Cardiac Surgery Day 4

Things that happened today
- drip out
- started aspirin
- continuing pain management
- asthma management
- physio visits

There was more movement in the right direction today, the morning physio session had Ethan standing and taking a few steps, the afternoon session had him hitting a balloon with Erin. After tea this evening and a dose of Neurofen, Ethan walked all the way to the toy room and back.

The main concerns are still his chest - trying to keep him coughing and clearing the muck, and also pain management. There needs to be enough medication on board so he can cough relatively pain free. He was a bit wheezy today, so he had some Ventolin to assist. As a result of the drip coming out, Ethan must drink to keep his fluid levels up, so this is something to concentrate on also.

Saline nebulizer to help clear his chest

The morning physio session about to start once the wires get sorted out

Fishfingers are his favourite

Fun with the girls

Always an exciting time when a helicopter lands

Physio games with Erin

A little walk this afternoon with the Physio

Ethan's first big walk after Tea tonight


Anonymous said...

Great leaps and bounds today! Lovely to see the video, and am I correct in noticing that Jo has plaster off? Col is safely back in Perth, looking forward to heading across to visit at the start of the week, and I'll see you at the end of the week. Col thought Ethy's 'L'oser photo from a few days ago was great, so maybe that's how he should greet him when he sees him (don't tell him I said that though!!!)
Love Fiona and Colin

Anonymous said...

It is fantastic to see Ethan doing so well. I loved the video. He has got the most amazing smile.I hope that he continues to amaze the medical professionals. The phase "When the going gets tough, the tough get going" certainly apply's to him and his family. I have been following your blog almost from the beginning and have commented a couple of times.
My heart goes out to you often and I wish you the very best for the future.
Jo from South Australia

Anonymous said...

Great to see more progress again today. I think Ethan might have been walking better than Mum. It is good that you are both improving. May it continue at a rapid rate.
Judi and Rob Maxfield