Hey friends, Romans, countrymen! (with a beginning like that, there's no telling how random this update might be!)
Before I go further, please pray for Kevin's best friend at New Day, Maria, who was adopted by the Colliers in Mississippi! She is having surgery today on one of her lungs. Their blog is http://thecollierbunch.blogspot.com
I am actually connected to the world at the moment because my sweet, tech savvy hubby bought me a prize! He showed up at the hospital this morning with something I have never had and never really wanted before, until we began hospital hopping. A laptop!
We have already skyped with the kiddos at home and Kevin has loved seeing them and the house. He told KK to fix him some noodles! I'm hoping this will be wonderful for his adjustment issues from hospital to home to hospital to home to hospital to home.
Looks like we'll have another adjustment this evening if all goes well....from hospital to home! :)
Kevin has been taken off all antibiotics and we will come back Friday for OUTpatient blood cultures. (Keyword: OUTpatient!) They will continue to grow the cultures for two weeks to rule out any and all infections.
This afternoon Kevin will have a renal ultrasound because he has some blood in his urine. His culture from the cath has not grown any bacteria, so they want to check on his kidneys. Barring any major issues, we should go home after that!
Dr. Romp, our cardiologist came by to do an echo and check out his lungs really good because Kevin has developed a nasty cough. Everything looked good, same amount of rind around his heart, so that's really good there is no increase of fluid or rind! We love us some Dr. Romp, by the way! Kevin did not even cry for his echo today.....that is HUGE! He always screams and makes me AND Dr. Romp sweat! Kevin will have a heart cath in the next month to check on his lung pressures and lung resistance. We pray that has decreased considerably in spite of all his complications, so that he can have his next surgery! (Not that we're looking forward to yet another surgery/hospital stay, but this surgery will get Kevin one step closer to a better working heart.)
God is ever so faithful, of course. Even when this mom has whined and been not so faithful, when she hasn't done a very good job of shining for Him because she's mad at nurses not letting us sleep, when she's comparing hospitals and longing for the cardiac floor of UAB, when she's threatening to hang on to Dr. Romp's ankles until he says we can be discharged (he was very thankful that I did not do that, I might add.) God knows, He understands, and He continually, gently, guides this mom back to Himself instead of to the circumstances surrounding us. There are two words that have echoed in my heart the last few days:
With these two attitudes prevailing, we will not be shaken. No matter what is going on in your life, if you determine to trust God and be thankful, then you have a great defense against the things that bring you down. P.S. I am still learning this, and I have a long way to go.
Especially when they buff the floors of the hospital. At 5:30 a.m. Right outside our door. ;)