06 April 2014

Hospital Day 13 - Discharged! :)

The doctor had told us yesterday that if she had a good day and they got the right dosage of her Coumadin, then we'd be able to go home.  We weren't quite sure until after Kayla had visitors on Saturday.  She's been pretty sad most days and unmotivated to do anything, but seeing people she loved really help her get out of that funk.  We got the OK from the cardiologist in the morning.
 Kayla IV from her neck and hand removed.  The leads and pulse ox came off too. 
 Being unplugged from everything feels great.  We were all excited to go home.




She's still going to be moody at times, but she gets over it.


Since today was Sunday, we had a difficult time with getting our prescriptions.  The pharmacy at the hospital was closed, and we didn't get back in town until 4pm.  The resident had phoned in the prescriptions, but our pharmacy was only able to fill a few of them.

Here are the meds that were prescribed:

Coumadin is a blood thinner.  Kayla will probably be on this for 6 months to a year.  While on this, we have to make she avoids consuming too much vitamin K which is in leafy greens like spinach.
Digoxin helps with the heart rhythm issue that she had a couple days ago.  This is another one that she'll be on for a while.

Captopril is for high blood pressure. Lasix and Spironolactone are diuretics needed so she doesn't get fluids in her lungs.  NaCl (Sodium Chloride) is needed because she doesn't get enough salt due to the diuretics.

Hopefully, we'll be off the Captopril, Lasix, Spironolactone, and NaCL after we see the cardiologist for our follow up appointment.

Oxycodone and Tylenol are for pain.  We chose not to get those since she doesn't have much pain.

She's been taking baby aspirin since she was 3 months old after her Glenn surgery, so there's no change there.  She will be taking aspirin her whole life.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the NaCl or Spironolactone.  Hopefully, we can get it tomorrow.

Kayla is also on a heart healthy diet which is mostly a low/no fat diet.  We also have to monitor her fluid intake and make sure she doesn't consume too many liquids.  No more than 900 ml a day.  I think the biggest change will be that we switch her to skim milk and I will have to check the labels on everything to make sure I choose foods that are low fat.  Thankfully, she is my healthy eater, so it's not much of a change.

Kayla will still be recovering at home until our follow up cardiology appointment in 2 weeks.  We will be avoiding sick people and large crowds.  So please don't come around Kayla if you're sick, and make sure you wash your hands before being around her.  Thanks! :)

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