I'm trying not to get too excited, as we've been let down before. We are told our discharge is scheduled for tomorrow, hopefully early in the day! We still need to meet with the Pharmacy team to receive our medication instructions, get our prescriptions and we should be out the door! Please pray that everything works out for our departure. Pray for Shawn and I as we prepare to lose massive amounts of sleep. It takes at least an hour to give Hope a feed through her NG tube, and she'll need to be fed every three hours, even in the night. I will also need to pump each of those times I am up as well. It will be a tough adjustment when we first get home, but we are thrilled to be out of the hospital.
I have tons of equipment already at the house to prepare for Hope's arrival. We'll be weighing her and monitoring her SATS daily, feeding her through her NG tube, working at breast feeding, giving her injections of blood thinners twice a day and administering all of her meds. To say we'll be busy with Hope (and Sadie) would be an understatement. We will definitely need some help and we so appreciate all the help we've received thus far.
We know there are a lot of people waiting to meet Hope, but we are kindly asking people not to come over unannounced. Hope's schedule is going to be very intense and there are certain times in the day that would be difficult to have visitors. We'd love to see you, but we need to schedule visits around Hope and make sure we're not adding stress to our lives. We hope you understand and aren't offended. We are also asking people to stay away from Hope if you've been sick or in contact with someone that has been sick. The doctor was reminding me today about how dangerous it will be for Hope to get sick. We need to try hard to keep her healthy until her second surgery.
I'm headed home for dinner tonight. I plan to finish prepping the nursery for Hope's arrival and bring her carseat back to the hospital. It feels truly surreal to think about bringing our baby home 7 weeks and 2 days after she was born. Please pray for Shawn and I as we work to have a healthy marriage with all the added stress of Hope's care and the lack of sleep. We need each other and we all tend to take out our frustrations out on those we love the most!
Hopefully my next update is written from home!