Wednesday, August 6, 2008


-21 grams, but it's okay.

They gave him a diuretic yesterday because he was retaining so much fluid. He's been retaining the fluid for some time- we knew that. But I guess his day nurse yesterday thought we should go ahead and do something about it. The NP agreed and everyone agreed it might help his breathing as well. Not that his breathing is going badly- quite the opposite, really, but help is always good.

Anyway, they gave him the first dose about 4 in the afternoon and when I changed his diaper about 8, it weighed a TON. The whole thing was soaked. The nurse weighed it and said it was 70cc. She was impressed. Later in the night, two other nurses heard us discussing his weight loss and they were sort of reassuring me and I told them it wasn't necessary because I knew it was fluid. Then nurse told them about the diaper and they were impressed as well. Since I have no idea how that compares to anything else, it means nothing to me, I just never know I've never seen or felt my son have nearly that much pee in a diaper.

Our holding time went much better last night. So did my evening with his nurse. The baby next to Robbie was quite fussy so she was spending a lot of time holding/rocking/consoling her, which sort of kept her from hovering over me. A couple of times she commented that she could get another nurse to help me when I was getting him out of bed, putting him back to bed etc. I didn't really need it and she finally seemed to realize that I do actually know what I'm doing for the most part.

As annoying as it is for her not to trust me to take care of my own kid, it is also reassuring to know that she really wants to take care of him. I trust her when I'm not there. That's really all I need out of a nurse.

Soon, I'll be able to be there more. My leave of absence was officially approved. I went ahead and put in to finish out this week and next. I have a little bit of vacation time left that I'm splitting into half days and using in the mean time. So I'll work 4 hours today, Friday, next Monday & next Wednesday, 8 hours each of the other days through next Friday. Then I'm off.

I put it in to return to work April 1st. I don't really think that money will hold out that long, but the leave can only be changed once. So I can come back earlier if we run out of money, or I can stay out longer if we have a sudden windfall.

To all of those who gave suggestions on ways to earn a little extra cash- THANK YOU. I'll be checking into all of them.

I'm also going to allow some a.ds on the blog. I really hate to do it because I like my a.d free space here, but at this point, function beats form. Would all of you who read regularly be willing to on my a.d once a day? Would it be completely obnoxious to add a little P.S. to each post to say "Psst, please my ad?" Even if it's an extra 20 or 30 bucks/month, it's something. Let me know what you think.

Off to the primary care doc about my gallbladder/whatever. Just a follow up to say that the drugs haven't helped. Hopefully she'll go ahead and schedule the scan of my stuff and we can get this show on the road. If I am going to require surgery, I'd REALLY like it done before Robbie comes home. It'd be just my luck that they'll schedule surgery and then let Robbie come home the same day or something.



HIL56341 said...

This is Hilary from the stickies, I read your blog everyday and I would 100% click on an ad if it means it would help you!

Good luck with you gall bladder today. If you have to have the surgery it really isn't too terrible.

AngelsAmid said...

I will click on your AD every single day! I'm glad your leave was approved. I think it's just what needed to happen. You're Robbie's best nurse! :)

mommy said...

I would be happy to help out with the A.D.s Just know that if you go with go.og.le they will pull any funds if they find mention of cli.cking on your site. We have dealt with this several times on the mommy forum that we run.

Many prayers for you and your family.

Heather said...

I would click your ads every day to help you out! Glad to hear your time off is approved and that Robbie is doing well.

Rachel said...

I will definitely click on your ads. I think it might help if you put a little note in a sidebox for new readers/forgetful readers about why you've decided to switch to having ads (always makes me more sympathetic when I open a new blog).

And I'm very glad that there's at least one nurse you like in the new ward.

Cassie said...

I would forsure click your add for you guys. You might have to put the " my ad" Since i use google reader. But I will bookmark you and try to remember as much as I can.

Brittany said...

Lurker here, but I read your blog each and every day. I would absolutely click on an ad for you. Anything I can do to help:)

Two Hands said...

I didn't even need to read the comments to know that anyone who knows your story would be more than happy to do anything they could to help, myself included. Will HAPPILY click anything you want me to if it means it eases your situation a little.
Glad Robbie is doing well. If *I* win the lottery, I'm coming to visit with a giant, oversized check. Until then, do what you feel you need to, we are behind you all the way.

ONE OUT OF SIX said...

I'll click your ads honey!! Put 'em up there. :-)

Spork Fashion said...

Yarrr, where be the ads? I came here want to click on X marks the spot, but thar be no buried treasure yet.

I don't know why I decided that should come out in pirate speak. it's just bee that kind of day

Amandalyn717 said...

I would click on your ads. Also, this blog is all about saving money and right now they're talking about blogging for money. It might be interesting and maybe helpful!

Anonymous said...

Make a paypal donation button! I'll donate!