It has been a great day!! We moved out of ICU at about 10:30 this morning. We are now on the sixth floor. I felt like singing the theme song to the Jeffersons! ("Movin' On Up! To the Sixth Floor!")
We had to move out of the RMH b/c we technically now have a room. (Uhhh..yeah. It's a pull-out couch that's *supposed* to be a double, but it is barely wider than a twin, by maybe two inches. It will be super interesting for both of us to be sleeping on this!!!) But I am not complaining. This is one step closer to going home. The finality of all of it is starting to hit me (plus the fatigue), and I am getting kind of emotional and weepy. :)
So we came upstairs and got him settled. Then we went to eat at a Chinese buffet. Yummmm!! It was truly the best egg-drop soup I've ever had! (Sadly, though, my favorite, the cheese wontons were quite lacking.....) We then went back to the RMH for the last time, packed up our stuff, cleaned our room, paid, and said good-bye! I'm such a girl. I'm sad to leave places (even the ICU) even though it's a good thing. We moved all our stuff upstairs, and here we are! I just did a load of laundry on the 5th floor, and we're hanging out waiting to eat dinner later.
The surgeon came in a few minutes ago and reviewed his progress. She said that he is most likely going to get his chest tube out tomorrow, and that we can (probably) go home on Thursday!! YAY!!!!! We've been here in Nashville now for a week, and it will be so nice to get to go home soon.
Benjamin is SUCH a sweetie today. He does not seem uncomfortable despite the fact that he hasn't had any pain meds today. He is *SO* close to giving me a smile!! He smiles with his eyes but has yet to give me a trademark Benjamin smile. They took him off his oxygen earlier today (and he seems to be faring well without it), so that nose tube is gone. Every time they take one tube or set of wires off, it's cause for rejoicing!!!
On a sad note, for those of you following Isaac's story (see my post about him on Monday), he passed away in his parents' arms after only 16 minutes. Stacy did get to hold him, as she wished, and the doctors said he was beautiful. I'm still waiting to read more on her blog as a friend updates it. Thank you for your prayers; they were not in vain. God's will isn't always the easiest nor is it the most comfortable. We don't always understand it, but we can rest assured that it is good and that He is good.
I am going to post some pictures later, so check back! :)