Thursday, January 28, 2010

Little broken

All feeling a little broken right now. Reuben's coughing continues and his lungs are taking a while to heal. I can only imagine what a terribly and continual headache he must have as a result so I'm making sure they keep up on Tylenol although he just threw that up along with his antibiotic and it took me a good 5 minutes to suction clean his nose. Callum, broken by missing his brother and feeling the separation. And we're broken by seeing Reuben struggle and feeling very tired.

Made a difficult decision that whilst he's in intensive care, we should rely on the 1:2 nursing ratio and get rest at home during the night. So I'll leave at midnight after his IPV (Intrapulmonary Percussive Ventilation) treatment which is terribly uncomfortable and distressing for him both during and after and Jason will arrive at 6am for his next. The alternative is we'll both take turns doing a nightshift and then look after Callum during the day with the effect that we'll all end up getting sick.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

MY heart aches for you and for poor little Reuben. Your in my thoughts and prayers and I hope he gets well soon. Poor baby. You are both doing the best you can for the boys ... have peace with that. Thinking of you all.

Tracy K.

hannah m said...

Oh, you guys...I am so, so sad to read this. Sending you love and hope and healing for all your broken parts.

ellen charge said...

im wondering does this set u all back on the decanulation hope nto hugs to u all

Kristi said...

Oh Catherine... this is not what I was hoping to read when I came on looking for an update. I am so sorry that Reuben's having such a rough time... and that you, Jason and Callum are, too.

Please let me know if there is anything... anything at all... that I can do to help...?

I know it's impossibly hard to think of leaving his bedside at night, but your rest is vital to his healing, too... and we both know that ratio changes when he is moved to the floor.

Sending you love, healing thoughts and prayers.

Sara said...

Thinking of you all a lot. I know how har it is to have one in hospital and one at home. Take care - make sure you look after yourselves. HUGS

The Claytons said...

Ya'll continue to stay in my thoughts and prayers. Doing the juggling of two kids is so hard but you are right about the rest for yourselves to stay healthy so even though it is hard to leave at night make sure you get the proper rest ya'll need :O)


Kim

Crystal M. said...

My heart hurts for you all!! My thoughts and prayers continue for you and I hope he heals and is home soon.
Hugs,
Crystal and Eva

Justin and Victoria Nelson said...

oh my friend,
i just wrote an email to you thinking reu was on the mend. i am so sorry to hear that there is still much more treatment and healing to be done. we wish we were closer so we can come bring YOU food, like you did for us. we know how tiring it is, and i couldnt agree with you more about going home to sleep at night. you need it - it's one of the ways that we survived through icu for a year. you already know, but it doesn't hurt to remind - you cant take good care of reuben if you're not taking care of yourself.
we are thinking, praying, and holding you guys so close.
love,
the nelsons

Anonymous said...

So sorry to read Reuben is so poorly again. Thinking of you all at this difficult time and hope it passes quickly, Faning xx

JENN said...

Hello Dodds family,


Plenty of people love you "REU" always & forever; many more momentarily thinking of you strong angel you..

Stay strong "REU" & KEEP strong faith to you both Catherine & Jason....

Callum your brother loves you so very dearly surely too...


We love you Reuben Jack Dood...
Hope to see you well... before you know it....

Lots of Love,

JGF