Today starts day 2 of my official move to stay-at-home-momma. It is nice to be off, especially to care for Liam during this time. Our days are a little more involved than our daily routine before, but I'm slowly working back to it. It is definitely an adjustment. We have never had Liam home so soon after a surgery, so it is a little daunting making sure he is recovering like he should.
Liam is doing well. He is still having some congestion with coughing and gagging spells...it is different from last the last time. We are having some trouble feeding him solids too, as he is frequently coughing and gagging during eating, and then only eats a few bites before refusing. We were pending another swallow study before we found out about the surgery, so I don't think I'm gonna push oral feedings right now. I am trying not to get discouraged given that it is so soon in recovery to really explain what is going on. I thank God everyday he has a g-tube. At least he is still getting his nourishment and we can keep him well-hydrated. So right now we are on a small volume formula feeding every 3 hours during the day, with juice feeds in between to keep his fluids up. It sometimes gets exhausting to keep up with, but slow and steady wins with him, so I'll do what it takes!
His demeanor is great - I can not believe how happy and ACTIVE he is given it hasn't even been a whole week yet....I'm having a hard time getting him to rest and take naps! The only thing he is doing out of the norm is itching his scars like crazy...I called the surgeons office to make sure this was normal and to see what they recommend we do about it. Benadryl was suggested and seems to take the edge off for a little while. Distractions work the best, so I have been giving non-stop wagon rides around the house as often as I can! It is a good way to pick up the house, actually!
All in all, I feel the recovery is going as it should. It's hard to not get ahead of the game sometimes because of how "good" he seems to feel. We have an appointment on the 14th for a post-op follow-up with the cardiologist. I think I may also schedule a visit to the pulmonologist for early next week too, just to have someone look at him.
Here are some pictures I took this morning on our 5th wagon ride around the house!
|He scrunches his face now when he smiles for the camera!|
|Someone's getting a new tooth!|
|Roar! My little ham!|