Thursday, October 7, 2010
A Double Double and a milkshake please!
Cale had his first experience with out of the hospital food! His outing today was a trip to In-N-Out! He loved it too! In ST yesterday, Patty worked with Cale on ordering what he wanted. When it was our turn to order, I asked Cale "Do you want a hamburger or cheeseburger?" he said "cheeseburger!", K:one patty or two?" C: "two" K: "Soda or milkshake?", C: "milkshake!" K: "Chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?", C: "vanilla!" They gave us our number and we had Cale listen for them to call out letting us know that our yummy lunch was ready to consume! I was pretty excited myself :)
When Cale took his first bite, the biggest smile quickly appeared on his face. It stayed that way for the next couple bites. When he took his first sip of the milkshake, the smile grew! He was in food heaven! I could tell that every bite he was taking, he was enjoying all the flavors, the textures, and every moment of eating outside of the hospital! He was making Rebecca and I laugh pretty hard from the reaction he was giving. Food is good, but unhealthy fast food-even better! :)
Dr. Sigford started Cale on trials of giving his pills orally. They also have him on I and O's (charting his intake of fluid and if he's having enough output) checking to make sure he's getting enough fluids. the process for the removal of his tube has started...woohoo!!!!
Cale had another eye appointment today. He's still not keeping his right eye open long enough for them to test his vision, but today with glasses they were able to correct his vision to 20/30. With out anything his vision out of his left eye is 20/60. They're still not sure how much damage was done to the optic nerve because he won't keep his eyes open! He's getting there though.
I keep forgetting to update on the mass in his nose. Because of the size, surgery is Cale's only option and because of his injury, doing surgery right now would do more damage than good. After his brain has had more time to heal, we'll look at the idea of surgery again and see what needs to happen. For now, the mass is fine hanging out a while longer. It's not growing at a fast rate and as of now isn't causing enough damage to worry about. I'm thinking about giving it a name... ;)
Patty (ST) has cleared Cale to use a special cup for drinking anything he wants! He's doing so well with thin liquids, but at this point it's still hard for him to control the amount he takes in. If he gets too much, that's when he starts coughing. The cup is designed to control the portion of liquid that he can have each drink! It's great! He's still having the thickened liquids with meals mostly because it's easier for him and he can drink more, but he's getting better!
"Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:30
Posted by Kathleen at 8:57 PM