August 3, 2014
Last photo of Olivia's tummy before g-tube placement
August 4, 2014
5:00 am - doing a vest & neb treatment on the way to the hospital for surgery and loving the new "Princess Kitty" gifted to her from Braelyn and Aunt Darci.
8/4/2014 - 6:00 am - Surgical Waiting Area - Olivia & Princess Kitty waiting to go back to pre-op
Olivia in the PACU (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit) following surgery
In the PACU and in lots of pain following surgery
Finally, after 4 hours, Olivia's hospital room was ready.
Olivia's Hospital Adopt-A-Room, which was an amazing room with so many gizmos and gadgets and tons of space. Compared to the NICU we were in for over 10 days following Olivia's birth, this room was like a 5 star hotel.
The awesome lights in the Adopt-A-Room, there were about 10 different colors and settings for these which Olivia really got a kick out of, I must say they were super cool.
Day 1 of Hospital Stay - Still in pain and not feeling so great
Olivia's 1st vest & neb treatment post surgery. This was about 12 hours after surgery. She was in pain but with lower settings and pain medication she made it through the entire 30 minute treatment. It's amazing to me how strong kids are, to be able to endure this treatment so soon after surgery - unbelievable.
Day 1 - gifts from family. They definitely helped to brighten up her spirits.
Day 2 - more gifts arrived from the gift shop from family. Smiles all around.
Up & Walking around. Our pulmonary team wanted Olivia up and walking as soon as possible after surgery in order to get systems moving again and to make sure her lungs weren't being compromised from laying around. She was up and walking later in the evening after surgery on Day 1, a few times around her room and back and forth to the potty. On Day 2 we did as much walking around in the hallways as Olivia would tolerate.
Day 2 Hospital Stay. Sitting on and getting up from the potty made for some very strong pain for Olivia. On one trip she accidentally ripped out her iv as she was yanking on her hands so hard from the pain. She had to have another iv put in and prior to doing so, one of the Child Life Specialists came in with a Tubie Friend Build-A-Bear. Not only does this little bear have a g-tube just like Olivia's (which Olivia is practicing flushing out the button on here) but the Child Life Specialist along with Olivia put an iv in the bear's arm just like Olivia would be getting done next. This sweet bear, which Olivia named "Elsa" is such a neat friend and so special that the bear's tummy looks just like Olivia's.
Day 2 - Working on Legos to pass the time.
Day 2 Hospital stay - a visit from Grandma Pam with Frozen gifts galore made for a happy, happy girl.
Day 3 - Coloring her Frozen Elsa & Anna purse with her iv/stinted up hand and doing a fine job at that.
Day 3 - This face is the result of spotting the man cleaning the windows, dangling from a rope outside of our 6th Floor Room. Olivia was in awe.
That in fact is the man cleaning the windows, it was quite the sight to see and Olivia got the biggest kick out of watching him swing back and forth cleaning the windows.
The best part of Day 3 - a visit from best friend Landen. I will never forget the smile that lit up Olivia's face when she woke up from her drug induced sleep and spotted Landen. It was the sweetest and biggest smile I had seen on her face, definitely priceless.
Best Friends. Olivia was thrilled to see Landen but this was all new to Landen and I don't think he knew what to fully expect so he was a bit frightened but so happy to see and cuddle with mom and dad and see his little sister Olivia all the same.
White Kitty & Hospital Lights artwork from cousin Braelyn.
Day 4 - Feeling better and excited to find out we are going home!
Happy to be leaving, last photo of our stay in Room C6133.
Busting out of the Hospital with Elsa & Hello Kitty Balloon.
Goodbye 6th floor, I hope we aren't back for a very, very long time.