Monday, May 13, 2013

Bye Bye ICU

We just moved out of the ICU! It kind of happened really fast this evening, but there was really no need for us to be there any longer. Stephen came off all of his narcotics and no longer needs any respiratory support, so they bid us farewell. He still will get some IV medications and things here on the renal unit, and they will oversee the starting of his feeds; his next big step. He still hasn't been given any food, so we'll see what happens when they start feeding him again. And then if that goes well, he just needs to get on doses of the immunosuppressant drugs that are acceptable to get at home. My goal is to be out of here by the end of the week. Not sure if that's possible (the resident looked at me like I had two heads when I said that), but it's a goal!

Hopefully tonight Stephen will finally get good sleep since he won't be constantly woken up like in the ICU and so will Bill and I. Ha!

Here's the little guy in his cool hospital gown right before we left the PICU. A wonderful charity called The June Brandy Foundation provides them for children going into various types of kidney-related surgeries. He's still pretty dopey, but is slowly coming around after getting all of those narcotics yesterday.


  1. This is truly wonderful news!! Stephen looks terrific without all of those tubes...and we just love the hair.

    Aunt LuAnn & Uncle Dick

  2. LOVE the hair! He is so adorable. Thrilling to see him upright without tubes....before you know it, he'll be ready to run. We are so happy for all of you. Praying for fantastic healing inside and out, for Stephen and for Kristen. <3
    the Raines

  3. So cute! And such a big step! Xoxo ash and greg

  4. Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
    Sending lots of love your way!

  5. I do believe that if anyone can get Stephen out of the hospital by the end of the week, you two super-parents can!

  6. Now that's a "look!" Like that 'bed head!"
    God is Great!


  7. Any updates since this last one? HOw is he doing and how is Kristen?

    1. Agreed, have been checking for updates...