Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Terry's condition on 22nd days
5th day after change hospital and doctor, the hurt and wound is getting better. The layer of very thin like tracing paper with collagen stick on his skin is start falling off as when it dry the top of wounds will turns black and the new skin will grows. Currently he was on drips, pain killer drips, antibiotics and some fever med.
The first 2 days after collagen dressing is very good, no fever and the front chest area dries up very quick. The back wounds is quite deep. Doc encourage us not to let him lay flat for long as it will slow down the skin dry. The purpose of drying is to speed up the recovery and not let the wounds get infection. This datuk level doc is kind of like you must follow his words and do the drying properly else the risk is on our own. By force or whatever, for our kid sake we got to force for not let him sleep flat and making it as dry as possible. Since that, we make the decision that to dry it non stop on the whole night till the next morning continuously for more than 6 hours instead of pausing it for every 15 min blow dry for 5 min. That night we only slept 1.5 hrs. I carry my boy put on my chest without giving clothes for him to wear and my mum hold on hair dryer and blow dry the back and thigh.
It was real difficult as the dries top layer is still not develop thick enough on top of the wounds, once we let him down to change diaper or let him sleep flat and he rub for itchy, it cracks and bleed. For the thigh after dries it, is the same situation too once having big move or carry, it cracks and bleed. Head ache. So we let him sleep side way, that good enough for drying the back but thigh is not really as it is still wet and sticky.
After more hard work of drying it is getting better. The 3rd day till today, the fever is back on and off. We not blow often already as he getting sick. He shiver when the temperature suddenly shot up. He did sweat but no appetite to eat after that. Just looks tired and sleepy. Sleep also not good, easy to get frighten and very grumpy. We started to suspect he might catch cold (blow too long hours) or the wounds got infected. Later saw that he having hard time to swallow and drink. So it is confirm the fever is came from throat infection and lil bit here and there. His breathing also start to get harder and there are slightly wheezing sound in his lungs. Nose drop and nebuliser will be given too. Till now, he is still all time sleep and want to drink water only.
For me, I'm still ok with my mum's help. We take turns to pat him to sleep at night by sleeping across the rear bed. I would say if my mum is still working and not available to help I would collapse. It is definitely not easy to take care. Of cause not enough sleep is very tired. Daytime when he sleep soundly I will sleep together too. Also need to be alert for not let him to scratch. All this doesn't matter, as long as he get recover and can go home soon.
If the drips course finish, he able to eat and the dry skin fall off more. It shall be the time we can go home. Thanks for all your time remember him in your prayer.