Yesterday some reports came back that led Elvie’s medical team to recommend that she remain on IV antibiotics until the course of treatment is through. We had hoped to switch to oral medication so we could do it at home, but the bacteria that caused her urinary tract infection is just too strong to take chances. It will take until July 27 to finish this round of antibiotics, which means that Elvie will be in the hospital until then. This was incredibly disappointing news, and I realized then that I needed a little extra help with hospital duty if I am going to finish out the last week strong.
Caring for a baby that eats every one to two hours, even overnight, is exhausting, and I feel like I’ve just been rushing from one place to the next, never having enough rest. I knew I could sustain the schedule we’d laid out through the end of this week, but we won’t be done at the end of this week. So I asked Jarod to take some extra time on Elvie duty, and he stepped up right away. If all goes well, tonight I’ll begin a long weekend in which I am away from the hospital more than I am there. I will still spend chunks of time with Elvie; as the face she’s seen the most lately, I need to be nearby to reassure her part of the time. But the rest of the time, I will get to be outside of the grind of our hospital routine.
I have missed waking up with Zinashi and watching her play in her pajamas, and I have missed feeling somewhat rested, and I have missed simply being at home for longer than an hour or two. So I have some plans that are quite simple, but that for me are a big deal. Read on to find out what I have planned.
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