Monday, October 4, 2010
Do you ever have one of those nights where you don't get any sleep? Sydney does too! We talked to the nurses today about how to help her get a better rest. We are thinking better night-time pain management will help. We asked them to provide her pain meds at a scheduled time during the night rather than wait for her request. Otherwise, she wakes up in pain in the middle of the night and can never quite get on top of it. We'll see how the plan works tonight.
Today Sydney was pretty tired so mostly yawned through therapy and then went back to her room to catch some early Z's. Lance had her practice pulling herself up from her bed to a standing position in her walker – which is so hard! If she gets good at this, she will be able to use a walker in her room rather than a wheelchair – which would be so exciting!
Radiology took some new X-rays today to see how well she is mending. We are anxious to see the new images! She is the new Titanium Girl!
Sydney and Grandma ran into Dr. Maughan (the neurosurgeon who operated on her) on Saturday. He was so thrilled to see her up and moving about! They told him all the great news about Sydney's recovery and he was very pleased. He said she should only need to wear her TLSO (turtle brace) for another month. It will be SOOO nice to get rid of it! As fashionable as it is, she won't miss it!
We got some other great news today – Sydney now has a home/hospital teacher! The teacher is from Murray High School, which is right across the street. She will come 2 times a week for 1 hour each session. Although Sydney has been pretty fatigued during this recovery, we will see how reasonable it is to squeeze a bit of homework in here and there.
Thank you for all your support! We are blessed to have such great friends and family! Sydney feels very loved – her room is decorated with posters from her friends at church and at school, and with cards and stuffed animals from family and friends. It is by far the most festive room in the whole hospital! (The radiologist did a double take today when he came in the room!) We love you!