Here's a photographic view of our recent hospital stay. He was fine, crashed, got a central line and is now home.
The dressings on his neck were supposed to be changed at the 24 hour mark too. BUT, when I went to change it, they were still oozing blood. I called the surgeon's office and talked to one of the Physician Assistants who assisted in the surgery. I needed to talk to her and not just anyone. Why? She was IN on the surgery and knew all the extra incisions they made and how it wasn't a typical surgery. She told me to give it a few more days since he was still bleeding. Normally it would be fine to remove it now (and recommended) but since he was still oozing blood, it obviously needed more time. There was likely a little bit of trauma to those veins in his attempt to use them for the broviac.
The broviac's bandages get changed once a week by a home health nurse at first. Eventually, they will train me how to do it. (For now I'm happy for HER to do it!) They draw labs at the same time.
and put him in his favorite pjs ... his monkey shirt. Every time he sees it, he immediately says, "oooo-ooooo, aaaaa-aaaaaa". Makes me smile.
So thrilled to be home. And thrilled to have a way to feed him again!