Well, as Tina describes it, she had one of her worst nights last night with a ton of pain and little sleep. Now that the epidural was out, it was obvious her pain level was greatly heightened. The neighbor was quite, but TJ's pain wasn't!
So we were still waiting to hear from Dr. Goldstein. He said he would be by in the 'morning', which I guess in Doctor speak on a Saturday is "whenever he wants". Well...he did push the limit, so just as 'morning' was running out he showed up. 11:58 a.m. on the dot. After checking her out, he gave the ok to take the tubes out, and in about 15 seconds, out they were! While we were high-fiving, TJ wasn't quite as excited. As she said..."Don't start the parade yet!", as she was still in quite a bit of pain. It took a couple of hours and a nice nap, but after a bit she really started feeling better. The icing on the cake was finally being able to get underneath some water and wash her hair. After 5 days of 'sponge baths', I am sure it was nice to get the real thing...
So with the tubes were out and TJ's pain was in line, the last piece to the puzzle was to get a final chest x-ray to confirm everything was a.o.k. Finally at 6 or so, we got the word. "Get out of here!" We didn't hesitate...
With TJ finally home, no one was more happy than Teya who hadn't seen her mommy in 5 days. It was their longest time apart since before she was born! We kept Teya in the dark with the whole hospital stay...she is incredibly bright, but explaining a hospital stay like this might be a bit difficult. She is happy to have mommy home though, and I am too!
That said, I have to send thanks out to everyone who has emailed, called, or contacted us in the last few weeks. We truly do have a great group of friends/family and we really do appreciate your well wishes. Although I personally haven't been able to get back to many people yet, I do plan on getting back to you. We can't possibly express our thanks to you all for helping us though this...
Glad to hear Tina is back home! I hope she feels better soon!
I'm sure that was such a happy reunion for Teya and Tina! Hopefully, seeing that smiling, little face will help her during the healing. So glad you guys are back in the comfort of your own home.
Home at last....now hopefully Tina can get some real rest without interruption so the healing can really begin.
Great news Todd and Tina. Glad everyone is home...
We are so happy to hear Tina's home. She has been in our thoughts. Hope she feels better soon!
Glad Tina is finally home! Hopefully, she can now get some real rest and start the healing. You are all in our thoughts and if you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to ask. love, leslie and pete
YAAAAAAAY! Ain't home grand?!! And there's NOTHING like that first shower after a hospital stay... SOOO glad you are home Tina!!! .. and I am sure Teya is the BEST medicine!
What Sara said!
And I know that Dr's are incredibly busy people, but it is SO frustrating to try to be there when they say they will -- only to miss them as soon as you go get your first bite in 12 hours! (Or maybe that's just me.)
[Warning: discussion of possibly squeamish medical stuff to follow...]
And did you watch the tubes come out? That's so frickin' cool... I didn't realize how long they were until the 18 inches zipped out! Modern medicine really does have some amazing stuff!
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