Dr. R called around 10am. He was busy but wanted to call and make sure he was in touch with me because I had been down the hall getting coffee when he had quickly stopped by Meagan's room. He said he was also happy with her. Fever was gone. Meagan was eating. She was sleeping back on her usual nap schedule. And as long as we felt the oral pain medication gave her enough relief, he was fine weaning her off the IV that day and sending her on her way. I was in agreement. He apologized for missing me that morning and said he would stop by in the afternoon to make sure we touched base before leaving. Then we hung up.
As the day went on, the nurses were good about staying on top of Meagan's oral meds. They made sure to stagger medications for her because even one little lapse meant she was uncomfortable. Because of that Meagan was able to sleep a lot, and when she was awake, she was content giving me waves, blowing raspberries and for the first time in 4 days, making noises.
I called Brian and told him to head our way from work. He was excited to come and take Meagan home. Towards the mid-afternoon, Dr. R ended up stopping in again. He said hi to Meagan and got a wave back. He told me he was still fine with letting her go home ... he said to call and make an appointment to come see him in two weeks so he could recheck her incision site and make sure all was ok.
Meagan's nurse came in after Dr. R left. She said Meagan was due for her take home oral med right then, but also could have another valium in about an hour. She said what she could do is give her med on schedule but then wait to officially give out discharge papers until after Meagan's next valium dose. That way she'd be a little more comfortable being shuffled around, put in the stroller, put in the carseat, and be able to tolerate the bumpy ride home much better. I was completely fine (and very appreciative) of that! So we waited around about an hour for Meagan to get her Valium. Once it was administered, we gathered up her things. With the nurses help, we carefully sat Meagan upright so we could work her shirt over her head. My heart skipped as Meagan cringed in obvious pain, but then leapt for her after the shirt was on and she gave me her "gritty smile." She is truly one strong and amazing girl!
We got her set up in her stroller and the nurses helped prop her head with pillow cases. We said goodbye to all the wonderful staff and medical team who had helped us all week. Meagan gave them one last "gritty smile" and we left!
After I put the big girls to bed, Brian cooked an amazing dinner for our "welcome home." We were able to hang out, talk, and visit with Brian's sister who is here to help. The food was definitely needed.. I think my body is about sick of liquids! And the good company was so great after a crazy few weeks.
While dinner was being cleaned up, I had to change Meagan's diaper. As I lifted her legs to put the new diaper underneath, her eyes winced... but then she gave me a smile. I laid her on her own blanket and put some toys around. By the time I was back from throwing out the diaper, Meagan had completely passed out asleep. She was exhausted! Recovery will go smoothly I'm sure, and we will slowly work Meagan back up to what she was doing before. Hopefully, we see her having much more comfort in what she does because of this surgery. Best of all, though, is knowing she is home. We feel this is the best place for her to continue to recover and start to thrive again. It was great to see all my girls together again... and of course watch the big ones fawn over their baby sister. She is truly the glue in this family ... the last piece of the puzzle God knew we needed to make our picture perfect. And I'm pretty sure Meagan agrees.