He still is having some issues with seizures. They removed one of the seizure meds since they thought it was causing his platelets to drop however he's having some issues. At times, he has some terrible writhing type movements-looks very much like Michael J. Fox at times moving all over. His head moves so much it's hard to keep the nasal cannula on. He had some horrible cluster type seizures Sunday evening and again on Monday evening but seems better tonight. I spoke with his neurologist yesterday and he had me add one pill of his other seizure medicine to help Dear Son out. Today, we took him over to another hospital for a blood test.
I've been pretty tired keeping up with this new schedule. I am doing nebulizer treatments and chest pt four times a day, along with leg and feet massages for edema and doing his hand splint therapy to keep his wrists in alignment. All of this on top of meds every six hours, plus feeding, diaper changes, positioning changes, general grooming and moving him back and forth from the living room to the bedroom have me bushed! I don't think I sat down for a few hours between all of this.
I also have medical paperwork to do. I completed the paperwork for a Guardianship for him the week prior to his hospitalization and once the doctor returns the form, I can go to the courthouse for a date. It is recommended that a parent seek a guardianship for a person once they turn 18 so they can continue to make medical and financial decisions for them. I think this past year or so has really taken it's toll on me a bit. The lack of sleep really makes it more challenging to do all of these tasks. I typically get two to four days a month of uninterrupted sleep when his Dad takes him for the night and I am always amazed at how much better I feel and how much more I can get done on a full nights sleep.
Dear Son looks good, other than when he's having seizures or moving with all of the writhing type movements. One thing that seems better than previous pneumonias is all of the secretions. He doesn't seem to have any really. The antibiotic seems to be working so I am thankful for that.
Update: I just received a call from Dear Son's personal nurse at school. She inquired about him and offered to do any necessary treatments he needed. I hadn't thought about that option actually but she volunteered to do nebulizer treatments, oxygen, etc. I took Dear Son off his oxygen last night since he had pulled it off and his oxygen saturation was fine. He was on 1/2 liter all day yesterday. I think having school do a chest pt and nebulizer treatment would be great. I also talked to them about doing his splint therapy (these are arm splints to keep his wrists in a neutral position); the optimum schedule is three times a day and I suggested having him wear his splints to and from school. Each way is a 30 minute trip and that way, I'd only have to do one more treatment at home, at least on school days. I'll talk to the doctor's office on Friday about him returning to school next week. If it's a go, I think it will be great to have some assistance. To help out, I'll probably create a checklist to make things easier.