Its the little things that make the stay monumental...one of our favorite med students seeing a guy dressed as Buzz Lightyear and specifically asking him to visit Nate...one of the front office clerks requesting that the Florida Gator sports players see Nathan and then repetitively talking about how fun his reaction was when seeing the college students...one of the food service gals peeking her face in with an everlasting smile and greeting to the little man each time she passed by his room...therapy dogs coming for a therapeutic pat on the head...personally made smiley-faced bandaids on old IV sites. Its the little things that mean so much.
And we can't forget the entire surgery team that came to see the little guy each day...a team of professionals that we have dearly loved all summer and enjoy each encounter with them. Our surgeon wore a special character tie specifically for Nate yesterday (like he promised him)...a Hulk tie, since the little guy is so into superheroes right now. You can't help but love a doctor who emits laughter from your child by repetitively attacking the kid's face with his Hulk tie...that is someone who truly understands "pediatrics" and how to win the hearts of his patients. We are exceedingly thankful for our team here.
Nate is home tonight. He woke with great energy and little pain. I always know that it is time to go home when he starts to unhook his pulse ox wires and play with the up and down settings of his hospital bed...in other words, when he gets ornery. He walked a lot this morning and visited the playroom twice. Although he was quite exhausted and cranky this afternoon from the morning adventures, it was also a sign that he was ready to be home.
We realized this morning that the little guy's belly button looked rather angry. The resident looked at it and called the fellow, and the fellow looked at it and called our surgeon. The consensus was that we just need to wait and see what it will do. Nate has been on IV antibiotics all week, so either the abx have been keeping the infection at bay, or it isn't an infection at all. Time will tell. The poor belly button is swollen and a deep red color, but there is no puss, fever, or streaking of color, so we were given the all clear to watch it at home.
So, we are home and all the kiddos are tucked in bed right now. The Lord has truly blessed us this week. Its good to be home.