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Update on Alex

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Before I go to bed, I want to leave a quick update.

First, thanks so much to everyone who left their prayers and positive wishes for us. It seems something got through.

I’ll back up a bit first, though. After I wrote my last post, my eldest son volunteered to go to the hospital for me and watch over his brother, so I did get a bit more sleep before I went.

Whilst there, I asked about Alex’s regular heart meds–I realized he was past due for them. The nurse said she thought she’d read that they were on hold … I told her he needed them every day, so she agreed to go and double check.

About five minutes later she came back with his heart meds. But. Her first question for me was, does he get fifteen mils or seven and a half mils?

The prescription is 15mg twice per day, and being liquid, it’s mixed as 2mg/ml, so he gets 7.5ml twice per day.

The doctor who’d written the order had it backwards. Had she not looked at the bottle and just read the doctor’s orders, she’d have overdosed him the medication that slows his heart rate by double.

Thank goodness for eagle-eyed nurses.

And again, thank you for your well-wishes. He might be out of the hospital tomorrow, or if not, Monday.

I left his signing dictionary at the hospital, so if they’re really stuck, they can look it up.

Oh, and he still hadn’t slept when I got there. He stood and looked out the window all afternoon–for about six hours–watching for me to arrive. When I left tonight, he’d been up for 38 hours aside from a one-hour nap. I hope he’s sleeping now.

 

Author: LindaGHill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

48 thoughts on “Update on Alex

  1. I hope you and your boys have gotten some rest. I hope Alex is feeling well enough to go home. It must be scary to be where communication is so difficult. Hopefully folks will refer to the dictionary. You are still in my thoughts and prayers. In spite of it all, I hope you can find a Happy New Year in there.

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  2. I’m SO glad the nurse caught that, and that your older son helped out and I do hope it’ll all be over soon. Your nerves must be wrecked. Get that sleep.

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  3. I’m sorry to hear about your son’s illness Linda. Sending healing light your way. And nurse’s are like angels. I know this well. ❀

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  4. Continued prayers for all including sharp eyed nurses. Hope you get home for the new year.

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  5. Prayers for you and Alex, Linda.

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  6. Thinking of you all at this stressful time Linda.

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  7. Nurses. Angels on earth.
    So glad to hear you feel like he’s heading in the right direction. I hope he’s able to get better sleep soon!

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  8. Yay for alert nurses. Sending more healing thoughts your way. Hopefully you can all get some good rest soon!

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  9. Sorry to hear what a rough time you and your son are having. I hope there are no more mishaps and that he improves quickly so you can get him home.

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  10. Hope he’s able to get some sleep. Good thing the nurse made sure to double check on his meds!

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  11. I am very glad your son’s nurse found you. Hope he gets well soon.

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  12. Thank goodness for that nurse. I’m convinced there’s a calling at work here. Poor kiddo staying awake. I hope he’s slept since you posted this. Continued prayers.

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  13. His guardian angel is always watching over him, as we all have one!

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  14. Thank goodness for a sharp eyed nurse. It’s the same over here you are often safer with a Nurse than a doctor! What a star your eldest lad is….they do come into their own occasionally. Still praying and rooting for you all πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  15. I’m glad the nurse noticed and double checked with you. I’m also glad your son stepped in so you could get some sleep. I hope Alex got some sleep, too, and that he continues to recover. We’ll keep those prayers in effect, it sounds like you still need a break.

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  16. so good that you had a vigilant nurse on duty. i’m glad that you were able to get a rest and hopefully he will be able to get some soon as well. it’s hard for all involved

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  17. So sorry to hear about Alex and the worrying business with his meds. Wishing him a speedy recovery. Hugs. Marje x

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  18. I am so sorry to read this post, Linda. Chronic health conditions in our children are hard to bear.

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  19. Hope he’s home soon and you can all rest.

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  20. Oh bless him!
    At least he’s on the right track.
    Hurry up and get better Alex! πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’œ

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  21. Poor kid, staying awake so many hours. He must be having a rough time of it. Maybe he can rest for a bit. So glad the nurse was paying attention. Hoping you get some good rest Linda.

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  22. Glad to hear that Alex is recovering well.
    Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family for his speedy recovery.

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  23. Glad he’s on the mend but sorry you had to go through it. My granddaughter has been hospitalized with pneumonia three times.

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    • I’ve lost count how many times Alex has been hospitalized with either pneumonia, RSV, H1N1 … But it’s been a good stretch since last time. Never gets easier though, especially when it’s a child. I hope your granddaughter has a healthy season this year! ❀

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