|In the playroom waiting to be called to the OR|
His first nurse in CCU, "N," will forever remain as an angel to our family. N is a friend of Leigh's cousin. The Sunday before his surgery, when Leigh and I were not is a good place emotionally at all, Leigh's cousin Siobhan communicated some of our fears and concerns to N. He went out of his way to advocate for our family. He spoke to the surgical coordinator, he volunteered to work an extra shift to take care of Cooper, and he addressed some of our biggest questions and concerns. All on his own time, and all out of the goodness of his heart. What an incredible blessing he was. I seriously do not have the words to express what this did for us. He brought us in to see Cooper as quickly as humanly possible after his surgery. We watched as he cared for Cooper medically. We sat by as he ensured that his vitals were stable, that his pain was managed, that his medications were administered, and that his tubes and drains were working appropriately. But he did not only accomplish these technical tasks. When Cooper was agitated he soothed him with a soft reassuring voice as he stroked his his forehead until he settled. I was touched to see him care for my child in the way one would care for their own.
|Day 1 post-op in CCU|
At change of shift we were asked to leave in order to protect the confidentiality of the other children in the CCU. We came back almost like flies on the wall, seeing Cooper's new nurse "T," with him. As I approached from across the room I watched as T gently used a sponge toothbrush to clean and soothe Cooper's terribly dry mouth. I could hear her softly tell him that she was going to help him get all cleaned up and handsome for mommy and daddy. This was the first time he was awake and alert and responsive. He just looked so engaged in what she was saying, and I knew that he was connecting with her. It still brings tears to my eyes when I think of this interaction. It was such a heartwarming feeling. Cooper had a hard night that night. He was in a lot of pain, they had removed his foley catheter and then had to reinsert it later, he struggled as they had to milk the tubes that snaked through his chest to keep them draining, and he was so thirsty he just begged T for "apple juice PLEASE, it's yummy!" T was calm and collected. She continued to connect with Cooper, reassuring him, comforting him, and giving him every single last drop of juice or water he was permitted to have under his necessary fluid restriction.
In the morning "S" arrived and ended up being Cooper's nurse for 2 full days. She was young, no children of her own, but she knew exactly how to handle him. She was so attentive, so gentle, so loving. Cooper wanted to sit up in his crib, but was uncomfortable. She encouraged me to climb up with him to make him more comfortable. He was happy and comfortable watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates on the iPad, so she insisted that I stay in there with him as she pushed both of us from CCU on the second floor to the cardiac step-down unit on the 4th floor, all in the name of ensuring that Cooper was as comfortable as possible. I spent the rest of the day snuggled in the crib with my baby. It was good for this mommy's soul to lay there curled around my sick baby, I like to believe it was good for him too.
|Our first walk. True to form, Cooper attempted to run in the opposite direction!|
|Hanging out with Daddy and Lucas tonight|
Swimming lessons tomorrow! I will make sure to grab a photo to post. He is going to be so happy to get back in the pool!
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