At noon today, Laura, one of Layton’s physios, got him up for a walk. The challenge is Layton needs oxygen, thus the need for Don, today’s respiratory therapist. Don got Layton set up with an ambu bag (like a big blue football that is manually inflated and deflated) to get Layton the breathing support he needs, thus, Don’s reference to the “Bag ‘n Drag” Marathon. Previously, Layton was limited to about five steps from his bed, due to all the tubes and cords. Today, he made it out to the nurses’ station, about thirty steps, before he got too light-headed to continue. They put a second hospital gown on him backwards for privacy-it gave him a faint resemblance to Batman. When I figure out how, I will upload pictures. For as long as he has been bed-ridden, he still has pretty good strength in his legs. This is a good thing.
This week’s doctor has been talking to a doctor in ICU Kelowna and it appears that soon as a bed is available and they can book a medi-vac plane, we will be homeward bound! We are really looking forward to it. Sunday at the latest!
Today, there is a paramedic, Jacob, on a practicuum here. He is helping our nurse and it is great to have another pair of hands. He just turned twenty and is really committed and engaged with his new career. He is working with the nurse on Layton’s trach right now and in spite of all the bells and whistles going off, he kept his cool!
It reminded me of when I went to the Grande Prairie hospital to have Liam. There was a paramedic doing his practicuum there that night, too. The last time I had seen Darcy he was pumping gas in my car and now he was gonna deliver my baby!! I don’t think so. My apologies, Darcy, but that was just too much of a mental hurdle for me to get over so I had to cross my legs and wait til you were off shift, which thankfully was the next day!
Tan, the great-natured male night nurse, was with Layton again last night. He decided to get him up to sit in the chair. “Whoa, man. I didn’t know you were a giant!! I would have been nicer to you if I knew you this big!” This after he had been teasing Layton with the aroma of great take-out Chinese food! He laughs so much, he is a pleasure to have around.
I got to go out with my new friend, Ingeborg, again last night. This time we went for a walk along the river out of town and then she took me to see her house and subdivision. Reno is a pretty city in a great area for outdoor activities. We will be coming back to see our new friends and for Layton to see something besides hospital ceilings and pretty nurses!
For the second time, they have Layton on something called a “trach collar.” Effectively, it blows warm air past his trach. I have been bending over and getting the “residual” in my own version of an oxygen bar. Yesterday, he only lasted 45 minutes on this and the rest of the day on CPAP. Getting better and better.
Given how challenged I have been to upload these, I am going to get this one off now.
This is Layton’s latest note:
“Drop head of bed 1″. Cover my legs so the girls don’t swoon!”