Updates on Victoria Lily Joy van den Broek, born 120705.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Monday afternoon

The events of today include: distress about a neckline which was coming out (because milk had been dribbled over the sticky tape so it had come off a bit) meaning the whole big sticky-tape had to be taken off (pulling some little hairs out with it – ouch!) and another one needing to be put back on. It only needs to stay there until 6pm when the last lot of IV antibiotics are given. Victoria was having the wires pulled out of her chest while I was queuing for my dinner ( I could hear her : - ( ) and what with us (David and I ) having removed the discs of sticky stuff to which an ecg monitor was connected yesterday, she was almost back to her normal self. Then three more sticky pads (little ones this time) were attatched to her chest, with wires. The information from these is displayed on the monitor in the room we moved into before lunch. The nurse said it will be easier for them to keep an eye onher at night that way. Also, she needed monitoring because the oxygen was to be switched off (which it now has) and she has been doing very well with SATS of 99 – 100% (this compares to 85% before the op). the Doctor who came round today was Dr Magee (I almost told him that we knew his brother, but was too scared!) and he said that the sweatiness – which has led to 3 fresh sheets being called for this morning – was not a cause for concern. Another echo is due to be performed today – just to make sure that the removal of the pacing wires has not caused any damage inside. So, I think we are on the home straight. As the Dr’s were leaving the ‘C. Diff.’ infection was mentioned and a ‘7-10 isolation’ was mentioned – that could mean that we will stay in splendid isolation all the time. We see this as a cause for thankfulness because it makes visiting times less of a disruption to neighbours. I don’t know if this will mean that we won’t be able to come home until Victoria has the all-clear – if it does that means we won’t be home until Sunday. I haven’t asked about going home since there are obviously still quite a few steps to take on the road to recovery. While waiting in the dinner queue today I spoke to a mother of a little girl with Downs, who is now six, she was a sweet little thing and was interested in playing and finding out what was wrong with another girl in the queue.


  • At 5:50 PM, Blogger Sue Perks said…

    It's good to hear about Victoria's continuing progress. Thank you for the regular updates. We will pray that things continue to improve rapidly and especially that the infection clears up so that you can all get home soner rather than later.

    Lots of love from the Perks


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