Sorry, Jeff Foxworthy, but it was too perfect of an opportunity to pass up! :-)
Matthew got all of his drains out Friday: catheter, epidural, and drainage tube for the blood that would seep from his chest. He did really well with all of them except one. Ya'll can probably guess which one THAT was! He is off all pain meds except Tylenol 3 every 4 hours, and he takes that in tablet form. (Trust me, that's a good thing! Thursday night, every time Jason & his nurse would try to get him to swallow the liquid pain meds, he'd spit it out or just refuse to open his mouth.)
It's currently 4:12 A.M. Saturday morning. I know this is an odd time to blog, but he woke up around 2:30-3:00 in pain, took his meds, went back to sleep...BUT...I'm still up! Guess I've been working nights too long, huh? Anyway, the plan is for him to go home this morning if we can get him to go to the bathroom and IF the surgeon says he's good to go. He's walking around a lot without any help and with every step, you can see his color and attitude improve. He complains mostly about his sternum and back hurting. I'm sure the back pain comes from lying in this silly hospital bed all week. He can't lie on his side or belly for a while. His sternum hurts cause they had to basically break & re-shape it in surgery to get the pressure off his heart & lungs.
For those who've been wondering, Scott has been sleeping at the hotel across the street from the hospital with my parents who came down to help us. They'll be going home Sat or Sunday. (I am hoping they stay one more day, but knowing Mom & Dad,they'll leave Saturday!) Jason's been dropping Scott off at school in the mornings, then we go home & sleep til the bus drops him off. Next, Jason wakes me up, I shower & we head back here to spend some "family" time with Matt. (Scott & Matt have been playing the Wii in the hospital Playroom every chance they can. Hmmmm....maybe they oughta get a Wii for Christmas?)
Friday night, Mom & Dad came over & sat with Jason and Matt while I took Scott to Barnes & Noble for a "Polar Express" Party. They read the book to the kids, served them hot cocoa & cookies, then did arts & crafts. The "little" kids made ornaments out of felt paper, and the "big" kids made gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and icing. I wish I would've taken a picture of Scott's house cause it was really good! He is my artist!
I actually remembered to take some pics of Matthew earlier tonight, but I forgot the USB cable to the computer again! (the one that connects the computer to the camera for downloading) Maybe when we get home, I'll remember to download them and post pics so ya'll can see him.
Please let me know if there's anything we can do for you guys. We really appreciate all the prayers, text messages, e-mails and facebook posts letting us know you are there for us.