Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day 867 - Oct 13, 2010

Kevin is doing much better than I expected (phew!!!!). They reduced his methadone by 15% today and he did pretty well. They did have to give him Tylenol a few times and one time he even needed Oxy, but that could have just been a normal day. We also expect that he will always need Tylenol so I didn't even blink when he needed it.

Ironically, Joel ended up being admitted again yesterday too and his dad, Jose, came and took Kevin for a walk today. I think they walked for a good hour and the distance was probably a little more than a mile. They took one lap around the burn gym and ICU and then Kevin had to go back to his room, get his iPad and walk the lap again to show off his toy. He really loves that thing!

In my eyes, I think if we keep Kevin busy while he is going through this it will give him less time to focus on his pain. With the help of Jose, we got him walking a few times today and Breezy and I also had him come out of his room for dinner. We always try to eat in the waiting room if no one is in there and it worked out tonight. It just kinda keeps it like eating a normal family meal as opposed to trying to eat sitting on his hospital bed.

So anyway, maybe tomorrow will go just as well. We can only hope so anyway...


karen said...


Wife of a Wounded Soldier said...

I am so happy about this! I hope it continues to be easy. It will be so much better on his liver, stomach, and everything else to cut back on those meds.

Anonymous said...

So happy for you... :)

bearlythr said...

I think you are right about distraction and keeping him busy. Will continue to pray that every day is a little easier on all of you.
God bless,

Anonymous said...

I'm glad everything is going so smoothly! :) Hope today continues. I was just thinking last night about him getting sick at different times. Kind of makes you wonder if it's the stong meds sometimes. Even over the counter medicine is usually too strong for me. Hopefully this will help solve his upset stomach problems.
Take care,
Kathy in IA

Long-time RN said...


Good reading Kevin had company and distractions his first day.

Jessica said...

I'm so relieved Kevin is doing better than expected! I'll keep praying that he continues to cope well and that his pain is manageable. Take care.