Thursday, August 4, 2011

The problem with making friends...

I have mentioned in the past that our stays in the hospital are made easier by the people we encounter...people who we deem as friends...who have become integral parts of our life over the past few years...who we love as individuals.

In the medical world, doctors help fix you and nurses help nurture those "fixings" until you are able to be part of society once again. Doctors get a lot of attention in our "world", but I think nurses and other caregivers need just as much attention...
Nathan was discharged from the hospital today...just a few hours before one of our favorite nurses was turning in her Shands badge and adjusting her life compass for a state quite a bit west of us for a new beginning and a start to nurse practitioner school. I have to be honest in saying that my heart is broken saying goodbye to this dear person, but I am also elated on the adventure she has ahead of her.
After she removed his IV and was walking out the door, Nate started to tear up while saying that he would miss his favorite nurse. She has been such an integral part of the changing moments of the past month of his life, and he is old enough to realize that he most likely won't see her again as she embarks on a new journey in her life.

He loves his "Miss Lauren" and her alligator name badge holder thingamajig. We all do. We'll miss her...we already do.She leaves a lasting mark on our memory banks from here on out. She will forever be a part of our lives.
In other info, the little guy is doing well. Really well. We came home today early afternoon, and Nate and I had a really long nap while my sister took the girls to the movies. He woke seeming to feel so much better. And better yet, he ate a good amount for dinner tonight...4 peanut butter crackers, 2 big handfuls of pretzels and 1/2 a poptart...more than he has eaten in a good while and with no complaints of feeling sick or hurting afterward.
The emotional part of trying to figure out if he is responding to the pacer is the hardest...the psychological effects (the placebo effect, like his surgeon referred to) are tough with something like this. If you would have asked me a day ago how he was responding, my answer would have been fairly negative. If you would ask me tonight, I would have nothing but positive things to say. I am thankful that we have some time to see how he responds, and I continue to pray that we have clear evidence one way or the other. It is a little tough to go from praying earnestly that he would only respond favorably to the treatment to the prayer of "thy will be done, but please make it clear to us" prayer.

(PS: We love Ms. Jackie too and better NOT hear of her moving any time soon!!!)


Wanda on August 5, 2011 at 9:01 AM said...
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Wanda on August 5, 2011 at 9:04 AM said...

Pray Nathan continues to improve. Looks like he has made some great friends!

jengame on August 5, 2011 at 10:22 AM said...

Yay, Nathan.You are a strong little man. I'm so proud of you.

Kyla on August 5, 2011 at 2:01 PM said...

Aww, I hate to lose good people! Our favorite ER nurse now works in cardiac ICU, luckily we haven't had to go to the ER since she transferred.

I'm glad he seems to be improving! I hope he continues to do well!!

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