Monday, March 24, 2008

Tonight has not been good

Erin left the hospital about 9:30 or 10 and I went to Aidan's room shortly thereafter. He was agitated/storming and was not wanting to calm down under any circumstances. I tried rubbing his belly, rubbing his leg, and even played some music for him. Nothing worked. The nurses came in twice to give him medications and they didn't calm him down. I talked to Erin before midnight and she told me that he had slept through most of the day apparently. Going back to my 3rd shift days at DecisionOne, I can remember what that's like when your sleep rhythm goes against convention. It's not pretty, I can tell you that much!

Finally, at about 2:15AM the nurse comes back in to give him his scheduled meds and tells she is going to give him a bath. So, I got to help with my first bed bath. He had peed really well, so we changed his diaper after we got him bathed. We then turned him on his side and he seemed to like that position.

Shortly after we got him settled in, his monitors started going off. He also started to pass gas. The nurse came back in and gave him mylicon and repositioned him slightly. She also redid the monitor sensor (I could have sworn I put it on right!).

Right now, the nurse is about to suction Aidan's trach tube. I am hoping that he settles down. I promised that I would not go to bed until I know he is settled. Last time I tried to go to bed before he was settled, I slept in fits and starts all night. I am really afraid this is going to be a long night. I sincerely feel sorry for the nurse taking care of Aidan tonight, especially since she has to deal with me being up while all this is going on.

I place my faith in God that He will give Aidan peace so he can rest.

UPDATE (10:30AM): I went to bed at about 3:30 AM. My body was completely spent. Aidan finally settled down at 6:30 AM, only to storm again at 7:30 AM. He settled down again about an hour ago

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