Sunday Morning Update on Joe

Jerry and I were in with Joe when the doctors came to do rounds aroung 9AM. They are happy with his progress. Heart rate and temp up slightly, but vitals are stable. Protrusion from incision is still the same – it’s covered with gauze but still disgusting. (can you tell I couldn’t be a nurse) 

He is swollen from all the fluids they pumped into him. He’s had 13 units of blood and multiple liters of other fluids. His face looks round and chubby like it did when he was a toddler. (except for the whiskers on it now)

They are scheduling him for OR tomorrow to see if the swelling is down enough to close the incision – which means he would then be off sedation and the vent 🙂 That is my prayer! The vent is miserable!

The nurse said when she rolled him slightly this morning, he tried to help by moving himself. She said, “Don’t – you’ll hurt yourself. Don’t you have pain?”

He shook his head no.

Tough, determined kid that he is … I know he won’t complain about pain very easily, even if he’s feeling it. So my prayer right now is that he isn’t feeling pain … and my practical ‘help’ is telling the nurse to give him regular pain meds even if he’s not complaining! Hey, a mom has to do what a mom has to do to keep her kids comfortable.

 Joseph – last year at age 18

7 thoughts on “Sunday Morning Update on Joe”

  1. just catching up, like melissa.

    i can see why your emotions are going through so much! mine were going through the wringer while reading.

  2. Oh the poor guy! I can't believe that happened to him. I can see this happening to my son also. Ugh!
    Glad to hear he appears to be on the road to recovery. Are you doing ok?
    I have been praying for him and will continue to!

  3. Still praying, Janet. It's one of those times when (1) you know God's totally in charge because all you can do is pray, and (2) when you learn (again) where gray hair comes from.

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