End of day 1 of recovery

by Michele

Well, Jenna continues to do well.  She is eating, drinking, walking around and playing a bit.  She still wants to be held most of the time but that is to be expected.  Quinn on the other hand is not doing the best.  She is playing a bit but is not really eating or drinking.  We had her unhooked from the IV to see if she would get thirsty enough to drink but so far that has not worked so she will get hooked back up to her IV soon.  We may or may not get discharged tomorrow because of Quinn.  We have to talk with the doctor to see if Quinn would be more comfortable at home and more likely to eat or if it is safer to stay here.  Jenna will be released tomorrow for sure because she could have been released tonight if we wanted her.

We have not had time to do pictures since both girls came out of surgery so I am going to quickly put up some pictures to show our progress.  There is one picture that is a little bloody so just be warned.

Jenna right out of surgery.  When she came to, she was so worked up they drugged her again.  When I went in to get Quinn 3 hours later, the nurse said there was a little of a fight of who had to take the twin (Quinn) because nobody wanted to have a Jenna number 2.  A new nurse who hadn’t seen Jenna the first time got Quinn.  The minute that Quinn started to wake up, they gave her more meds and picked her up so that when she came around again, she was in someone’s hands.  It went much more smoothly.

This is Jenna after we got her to our room.  We are blowing oxygen on her to help her breath.  Those are braces (white with trucks on and blue trim) on her hands to keep them back.  They were not big hits.  We will not be bringing them into our house.  There was a few temper tantrums associated with those braces which was not good for two little girls who just had surgery.   We ended up taking them off in hopes that they won’t touch their face.  Thankfully they are not even trying to touch their face.  (Actually as we speak, Jenna is about to get her smaller brace with the IV out of her hand (the bandage pink one at the bottom of the picture).  It is so sad to see her try and play with only one hand.  She falls over on the floor and she can’t brace herself or get herself back up.)

This morning, my dad had not gotten here yet and Ted needed to go to the bathroom so I got to snuggle with both girls. (Jenna is in pink.  Quinn is in red.)

Quinn a day after surgery.  The tape was just removed so we could start cleaning up some of the blood.  It did not all come off but it does look a bit better right now.  This picture looks more gruesome than what it actually is.  Although they did drain some blood from their mouths and noses after the surgery.

Jenna was ready to play this morning so she pushed Quinn’s IV while Quinn got carried around the nursing loop.

This is the kitchen in the Ronald McDonald wing.  I don’t even know where to start saying how much this has helped us out.  It is so nice to have in the hospital just two hallways down.  I never knew what they did but I will be a supporter from now on.

This is how we roll now.  I went to the ER where they looked at my knee.  It turns out I have a Baker’s cyst.  They gave me a shot in my knee and put me on some heavy anti-inflammatory drugs.  I am already feeling better.  I can at least walk now but I still can not straighten my leg all the way.

This picture is to proof to dad’s boss (who is reading this blog) that he is actually working.  Thanks for letting him off work at last minutes notice.  We needed the extra hands.  And thanks for the balloons, the girls love batting at their balloons with different objects.


About tochinaandbackagain

I am a stay at home mom to two very active boys and soon we will bring home two Chinese twin girls with cleft lip and palate issues. I spend my day trying to be the best parent and wife I can be with God leading the way.
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One Response to End of day 1 of recovery

  1. Naomi says:

    Praying for you guys as you continue with recovery. When you get home I will bring over a meal (finally). Good to see all the pics of your sweet girls.

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