Monday, July 19, 2010

Post-Op Day 6 pics

This afternoon we got her up and walking!  It only took an hour or so to get her ready to walk, we walked for about 3 minutes (traveled about 15-20 feet) and it only took an hour or so to get everything back to the way it was before the walk.  


Seriously.

I don't know who was more tired, Harlie or her nurses!!!  And she caused quite the show in the CICU.  So many people came out to cheer her on.  It was so cute!  Her social worker went and got a stroller with a baby in it to motivate her to walk and it worked like a champ.  She was really motoring there for a second!  But then she stopped and wanted to sit down.  Hey, baby steps.

We were all thrilled with how she did, though.  And, in fact, her doc said he was not expecting her to walk that far and that I should probably carry her back to her room.  It was pretty funny.  I think he actually labeled her a "rock star."

Then she sat on my lap and watched most of a movie.  


However, it was VERY hard to get her up.  She was sleeping for several hours and I had to go in and wake her.  And let me tell you that was HARD!  The VECTA was on (the coma inducing machine lit up in the background of this pic taken days ago):


and the music was playing and it was all warm and cozy in the room.  All things that make you want to go night-night.

So, I forced myself to go unplug it and put it off to the side.  Then we turned the lights on.  Then we changed her diaper and I adjusted her bed to the sit up position.  There.  Wake up sleepy head and let's get outta bed!

I promise you, some things I do seem to take super human strength.  And waking a sleeping, post-op little girl with lots o' tubes coming out of her body and forcing her to walk - well, let's just say I've done easier things in my life.

But, it had to be done!  She needs to get better.  And I heard a rumor that most kids post-op day 6 would have already been out of bed.  Harlie can't have different rules!  No special treatment for her!  Even if she IS the most stubborn girl in the unit!  And possibly the funniest and cutest, but I don't think those attributes are relevant to this story.

Perhaps tomorrow I can get her to the play room.  We'll have to see.

Unfortunately, some time after her walk, she spiked another fever.  Ugh.  Hopefully tonight she will sleep well and tomorrow can bring even more progress!

Thank you for all your continued thoughts and prayers!!!
~Christy

11 comments:

Janis @ Sneak Peek At Me said...

Funny & cute are absolutely relevant!!

Tracy said...

Way to go Harlie! You show everyone how tough you are!

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B-Mama said...

Woo Hoo!!! Way to go Harlie AND Mommy! :). Sounds like it was worth it-- what a great day!! Prayers for another good one tomorrow.

Christamae said...

Hooray! What a trooper!

Anonymous said...

So much progress. That is wonderful. Go Harlie and Mommy. To be blessed with patience. Every day improvement. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Love Sue and Ron

Anonymous said...

Just checking in to see how you all are doing. Thanks for keeping us all updated. Mike and Marcy

Michele Andolina said...

Glad to hear that other people recognize her rock star status....and yours, too!!

heather said...

such great news! so glad to hear that she is up and at 'em. even if it was for just a few minutes! that's got to be a great sign. She's such a strong little girl. and her mom too!

treasuresandsnares said...

Awesome news!!! Hey Christy I wonder if I could post about your "Rock Star" on my blog for prayers of healing and quick recovery. I will wait for your approval.

sending gentle hugs of love your way
Kim

Sue Mitchell said...

You Go, Rock Star!! Terrific news! We will keep the prayers and good wishes coming your way.

Kim said...

I'm so happy to see her in your lap - and to hear about her walking, Ho-Ly-Cow. That girl goes from one extreme to the other in a blink of an eye.

Harlie IS a rock star. At least she's my idol! :)