Today Olivia was allowed to get out of the bed. It began with letting her sit up in a chair to eat breakfast. She was so excited.
Then the catheter was removed and we began to practice our walking we were wobbly at first but in no time she wanted to let go of my hand do all by herself. She was doing great! The surgeon came in and said as soon as she was able to pee pee she could go home! WoW! After 4 days in the bed we were now moving at record speed. It was as important to sit as it was to walk, so child life brought in some crafts.
We took some walks and played some in the playroom and took a drive around the halls. She was thrilled to be moving.
But there was no pee pee....this was the hard part. Bags packed and waiting and waitng. We drank a glass of fluids, and then sat on the potty - repeat repeat repeat from 9:00am - 6:00pm. What a trooper her brother was to read to her while she sat.
I thought she would never go and began to think we would be there another night. They were giving her until 6:00 before they called the doctor. Although it is common to take a while to go becasue of swelling from cathetor we had to make sure that things did not close up which can happen from cathetor as well. Now I will say my girl can hold it forever and she is like a camal when it comes to going pee pee anyway. But at the very last hour when nurse was coming in to see if she had gone before she made the call, she had just finished another glass of juice and I was getting her up to go potty and her panties were wet...she said that wasn't me (haha right) not where we wanted her to go but good thing was she went and we could go home. She did finish in the potty. From what I understand this was no uncommon either. It feels more like pressure than having to go pee pee at first and we had visitors so once she realized and was wet think she was embarrassed so didn't say anything. Yeah we were out of there though and that made us all happy!
and before shower at home she went in the potty and again in the night and has been going like a big girl all day today as wel, full function!
God is so good - all the time- always faithful - always on time - never late! We are blessed! We are home and we are happy!
Pray for speedy recovery. Taking things easy for next month, none of the fun stuff she enjoys like swing set, trampoline, bike, scooter, swimming. Doctor's appointment follow-up in 3 weeks.
This girl is doing amazing!
Thanks for all your prayers, words of encouragment, visits, gifts and love you have poured out on Olivia and our family!