I hate hospitals . . .

I finally got Parker asleep this afternoon when someone banged on the door and asked if we had any dirty linens. Of course, Parker woke. As soon as I got him back to sleep the respiratory therapist came in and announced it was time for his breathing treatment. Seeing that he was asleep she said I could give it when he woke up. That was nice but she forgot to use her indoor voice! Again, back to sleep and you guessed it . . . time for vitals. I tried again but when the ENT came in to check on him and pointed out that it was 4 p.m. and that wasn’t a good time to start a nap, I gave up.

I really, really like hospitals that have afternoon quiet time policies. It makes a lot of sense. For stable kids who really need naps, having a guaranteed break from all of the hullabaloo is a good thing. Maybe tomorrow!

Parker had a good day. He did some walking. His legs are not strong or stable and he’s finally realized that holding mommy’s hand isn’t a bad thing. We went for a wagon ride and even spent some time in the play room. ENT said they might be willing to let him venture off of the floor over the weekend which means he could go down to the cafeteria or just around some of the other places in the hospital. It reminds me of the first time we got to take him out of his hospital room after he was born. It was Christmas day. Sick Kids has this big glass atrium and I will never forget when the sunshine hit his hair for the first time. We knew he was a redhead . . . but not like that. I don’t think heading down to the cafeteria this time will be quite as breathtaking but it will still be a big milestone.

Ian made it up to the big boys. They were beyond excited to see daddy and go swimming. Barbara is glad to have her own room for the night, I think! Tomorrow they will go see our new house. I will be anxious to hear their thoughts, see some more pictures, and also hear Barbara’s thoughts on it.

Editing to add: It is now 9 p.m. and the overnight respiratory therapist just came in and not only did he forget to use his indoor voice, he turned all of the lights on! I feel a long night coming on.

9 Responses to “I hate hospitals . . .”

  1. 1 Rene Dereksen April 26, 2008 at 3:24 am

    Yeah. This is the very reason I have been awake for 38 hours now. Our hospital has a one hour nurse checks policy. Sheesh. Let our kids sleep already!


  2. 2 Susan April 26, 2008 at 6:28 am

    It’s annoying I know. But seriously. Ear plugs. Did you bring them?

  3. 3 Cathlin April 26, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Only a few more days… 🙂

  4. 4 Sarah April 26, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I hope you can get some rest soon! Hopefully Parker will continue to improve and you will be homebound in the near future! Yay for house hunting!

    Lots of love!

  5. 5 Christy (Harlie's mom) April 26, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Hmm, can you put tape over the light switch (at least some of them) so they can’t turn it on? That would be really funny. Congratulations on your new home! This is a great time to be a buyer with nothing to sell. I hope you got a great deal (yes, before Harlie came along and made me change “careers” I was a real estate agent). I don’t know anything about the surgery Parker had or what the recovery is like. I just hope it is going the way it should and that he is quickly on his way.

    Hang in there! Thanks for the updates!

  6. 6 Tess April 26, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Yes, that is so annoying. It takes a lot of effort to get them to sleep and then “bam” they are awoken. Just when you think you might get a moment to yourself.
    Glad to hear that Parker is feeling better.

  7. 7 Anna (Ania's mom) April 27, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Hang in there. Just few more days, the worst is over. Maybe you could have a sign on the door like “Parker is napping!” or “quiet time” or something in this sense. I did that at Sick Kids and it helped few times. Actually, it’s essential now, that Parker gets all the rest possible – maybe you should remind it the doctors and nurses (often they just don’t think about it).

  8. 8 Kristy (LKN) April 27, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    I hope you are out of the hospital very soon. It is no fun for anyone when they wake up the little ones! It sounds like Parker is making excellent progress. I don’t always post, but I have been checking in on you often. Take care!

  9. 9 Amber Schmidt (Kyleigh's mom) April 28, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    oh girl… at Cincy you just need to put a note on the door and TELL the nurses that you need to schedule things! We used to schedule Ky’s quiet time everyday and I DARED anyone to come in!!! LOL I am sorry… that is the worst part of the hospital! Glad to hear that the wild red head is up to being WILD again!


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