It’s hard to believe that Charlotte has been home for nearly a week and that her surgery was two weeks ago. As long as the hospital stay felt at the time, it has faded into memory in some ways. (Though it was odd to go back to the 15th floor for a Children’s Service Board meeting last week, two days after she was released.)
We returned to Lurie Children’s on Tuesday for Charlotte’s post-surgical visit with the Advance Practice Nurse (APN), the most excellent Holly Adams (with a guest visit by Lindsay Jackson).
I’m pleased to say that there is nothing of importance to report! Charlotte is only on one prescription medication, Lasix. That dose was reduced by 50%, to be continued until we see Dr. Young in March. She continues to take Miralax and baby aspirin, the latter until we see Dr. Young and the former until at least our visit with the pediatrician next week.
Charlotte had already removed all the tegaderm bandages (on the arterial line, one failed PIV poke, and–yuckiest of all for her–the chest tube wounds). All that remained were the surgistrips over the wound.
Holly and I watched as Charlotte took the bandages off herself, slowly and deliberately and with strong intention. Unlike 2007, I did not take a photo of this scar for public sharing. It looks a lot better than it did at her first post-op visit in 2007.
Bottom line: Charlotte has been released from cardio-vascular surgical care. Her next hospital visit will be with Dr. Young. Her next post-op visit will be with her pediatrician.
She has been cleared to return to school on Monday with the recommendation that she do half days until we understand how tired she gets. (We’ve been hoping to build her stamina with walks, but the weather has not been cooperating.)