As we have found out firsthand, MRSA is no joke. Namine was in isolation the entire time she was in the hospital, and now the rules to follow at home are just as strict.
The plan for Namine is, as the doctors have outlined it, for Namine to go home on Monday (assuming she doesn’t come down with anything else over the weekend, that is). She will go home on vancomycin – the IV antibiotic – and will remain on it for at least another week, if not two.
Namine’s surgeon just came out to tell us they’ve finished. They ended up only needing to use sutures, and not staples like the PA had originally told us. The sutures are interrupted, though, similar to how the staples would be, so that the wound can breathe a little and still heal from the inside out. The surgeon is hopeful that Namine will heal quickly. They will come and get us when Namine is back in her room in the cardiac ICU.
The CV surgical team met this morning to decide on what to do with Namine – whether to try another wound vac or just close her chest. And the final decision has come down that they’re going to close her up.
Namine’s operating cardiac surgeon just came out to tell us that they’ve finished. And good news all around.
But seriously, a huuuge thank-you to everybody keeping Namine in your prayers. We’re here in the surgery waiting area, and a nurse just informed us that they’re getting started now. I’ll update as things progress.
Dear Jesus, please help my chest heal so I can feel better and come home. They’re coming to take Namine back soon. Please keep her in your prayers.
It is as we feared: the cardiovascular surgical team is concerned for Namine’s chest incision, and they will be taking Namine to the OR in order to open it back up. This could happen as soon as this afternoon, but no one can say for sure at this point. Until she is taken back, though, she’s NPO – she’s not allowed food or drink until it’s done.
Spending the weekend in the hospital is, above all else, boring. We pass the time by playing games, watching TV, playing more games, watching a movie… you get the idea. But as we near Tuesday (the day we were not quite promised, but we were told that we could possibly go home), we fear that another storm may be coming.
Seeing the doctors take Namine away to the operating room is never easy. I actually think it gets harder as she gets older. Seeing the pain in her eyes just breaks my heart. I thought it might make it easier if I came back with her, so we asked the doctors if that would be okay.