Thursday, August 28, 2008

Day 400

Ethan will be coming home tomorrow after a very ordinary admission. I have done nothing but complain and whine for the last 2 weeks. We have had a lot of issues regarding bed time. I think he waves us of happily so he can get up and play. He has the staff wrapped around his little finger and gets away with murder even at midnight! We have also had major issues with his diet. Ethan is on a high calorie, thickened fluid diet as he has weight issues and aspiration issues so when the wrong meals come that have skinny everything and drinks that aren't thickened I get pretty pissed. I had nurses, food monitors, dieticians, PSA's, doctors and the charge nurse all involved in my anger!! Not sure if I'll ever get reemployed there!!! These issues come at a time when Ethan is at an all time low with his weight to age ratio. We have strict guidelines to follow to facilitate weight gain. If it doesn't go our way he will need to have a nasogastric tube inserted and supplements given either continuously overnight or top up feeds during the day.

Tomorrow is Ethan's 400th inpatient day. No wonder he is so confident there! Just as important it is Erin and Adele's 400th day too. They have had a horrible 2 weeks and both of them are out of sorts. I have warned them about Ethans weight. Adele is not too fussed, knows about the tube, has seen photos of Ethan with one from chemo days but is pretty laid back. Ez on the other hand is terrified. She can remember seeing it in his nose and out is mouth during episodes of vomiting after chemo, and me sitting on him to put it back in etc. Hopefully we can get him to eat lots of fatty stuff and it's not needed.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well done,you go Jo. There is no one that will go into bat harder than you and Luke for those kids. Keep up the good work and may you Cheers, Judi & Rob