Man one can never get used to hospital stays.
I took the first night shift and was worried that Ethan would have a hard time falling asleep. At home we have a routine, started it from day one, and he is very accustomed to it. He does well during vacations, and at grandma and grammy's house. But this is his first time in the hospital as a toddler with loads of energy.
This bacteria that he is fighting is all internal, he isn't having any side effects like feeling tired, coughing or having problems breathing. He looks and acts like a normal 2.5 year old boy. So imagine being him not knowing why he's going in. Imagine being us trying to reign in that energy. Not an easy task, especially when you can only move about 3 feet because of the IV tube stuck in your arm.
Well, while he went down to bed later than he normally does, he slept through the night. Hospital time is much slower than outside time. Everything moves slow, and the opposite of your schedule. We were told he would have his respitory done between 7pm and 8pm. They didn't show up till 8:40, and she forgot one of the tubes for his chest treatment. So she had to go back downstairs to get that. She was gone for what felt like 10 minutes, and Ethan is just waiting patiently in the crib.
We were finally done and put Ethan down to bed around 9:15ish. Ethan likes to talk/sing himself to sleep. It usually lasts 20 to 30 minutes before he conks out. Around 9:45 an Assistant Nurse came ignoring the instructions given by the doctor to leave us alone between 8pm and 6am. He came in wanting to ask me questions on how I felt the nurses are doing. I'm thinking, really, you can't ask us that tomorrow during the day? So that basically resets Ethan sleep habit, and finally he knocks out at 10:15pm, and then 6:00 am, the they come in change out his IVs.
Today, he had his PICC line inserted. We were told it would take 1 hour. It actually took 3 hours. That gave us some free time, but it screwed up his mood when he woke up. The PICC line goes into his arm, around his shoulder and ends near his heart. It's better than IV's for long term stays and has less chance of infections. It also gives Ethan more flexibility in arm movements.
I'm exhausted and it's only been 1 day.
Thanks for the all the prayers and offering of meals. It's hard to plan things in advance not know what our schedule is going to be.