Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thoughts and Updates from PICU

So, it's 4:27 A.M., and I've been awake for the last 45 minutes. Before that, I was awake every hour since 11:00 p.m. Does that tell you how I'm sleeping here in the PICU? Michael is sleeping a bit better, but every time he drifts off to sleep, his oxygen levels go down causing the machine to beep loudly. Restful, I know.

Not complaining, just explaining the early hour of this post. I try not to look around too much when I walk the halls, but sometimes you get a glimpse into a room. In one room, you see a tall person - probably a teenager. In another, a tiny baby, just weeks old. Next door, a little boy with asthma related problems who is left alone most of the day. My son? He gets better with every passing hour. We look forward to when he comes home. Not if.

I just checked "google analytics" and saw that Wednesday was my biggest "blogger" day ever. SO many of you checked my blog for an update on Michael. This means SO many of you are praying for and thinking of us. This means the world to our family. A trial is a blessing in so many ways. One of the biggest blessings is being made aware of the extent of love our friends and family have for us.

Michael got up out of bed four times on Wednesday. The first time was 11:30 a.m. This was a difficult time. He didn't scream and have a fit, but he was in a tremendous amount of pain. The nurse had him sit for an hour - he would say "I just can't bear the pain." Again, not having a fit. Just imagine having a tube in your side right next to the large scar where they removed a rib. Then, on top of that, you've been lying on your back where you have an incision from your neck down to your waist. And, you're only 10. Michael has been asked frequently in the past few months to rate his pain 1-10 and he's pretty good about giving honest ratings. In the chair yesterday morning, it was a 10. The anesthesia was wearing off making the pain more real. So, he was put on a continual morphine drip, which he continues to be on. On top of that, he is still able to give himself more every `12 minutes. However, he doesn't push the button that often. He is pretty sleepy, though.

The second time out of bed was much better as he was in little pain and extremely relaxed. He only had to sit in the chair for half and hour and the move back was excellent. The last two times, Eric and I helped him stand to take care of some other personal things. His improvement in just a few short hours is amazing.

Michael remains in the PICU, but he's at "floor status" - meaning he's ready to go to a regular room. We aren't in a big hurry as he has his own room here with a ton of room. But, the good thing about moving to the floor will be that he'll have most of his tubes removed. He's looking forward to that!

Mike's spirits are good. Though he could barely keep his eyes open for the many visitors he had today, he said that was the BEST part of his day. Thank you to all of you who came.

I'm so sorry for the poor quality of this post. Again, I'm running on little fuel here. I just wanted to let you all know that we appreciate all of your prayers and are grateful for the out-pouring of love.

Getting out of bed...

...isn't easy.

Daddy knows his brave son can do it.

Mommy knows, too.

Mike's not too sure he can.

Getting back in bed. Oh, what we take for granted!

Morphine for my 10 year old in level 10 pain.


Stefanie said...

Michael is doing so great and is so so so brave! What an amazing testimony!! Praying for strength for all of you and healing for Michael!

Cheryl said...

Praise the Lord Michael is doing so well! It sounds like he's doing a great job dealing with everything, which is a reflection of his parents upbringing and God's love. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers. Thanks for keeping us updated. :o)

Jenna said...

I remember getting out of bed for the first time after having a baby, and how much worse this hast to be! You can even see that he looks a little straighter just from these pictures! He is so brave! Still praying for you all!!!

elianna said...

I cried the whole time seeing the pics on fb. But i am glad that he's doing better!
"My grace is sufficient for thee..."
Love & Prayers

Carolee's Corner Canary Islands said...

So tough to see our kids go through difficult times like these, isn't it? Michael is definately a trooper! What a testimony to his faith in the Lord.

Anna said...

These pictures made me cry. We are still praying for Michael and for a speedy recovery!

Ginger said...

We are continueing to pray for him, we would love to come and see him,

Jessica said...

I agree with everyone...he is so brave and it doing so well!! The pictures are just heart-breaking. I'm glad each day gets a little better though! Still praying... <3

Felicia said...

oops...I wrote under Jess' name. It was me, by the way!!

becky said...

Glad to hear Michael is being a trooper! Have been praying and continue to do so. Give him our love! Wish I could visit!

Angel said...

I am praying for Michael and you and Eric. Thank you for sharing all that is going on. Your strength and testimony is shining bright through all of this! What hospital are you at? We'd love to visit Michael if he's up to visitors.

jen said...

what a kid! and what a God! Glad to know things are moving along well.