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Monday, March 22, 2010

Tyler's Medicine Routine

Okay, here's the thing, if I'm going to do something on a regular basis I would like for it to be:


a.) fun
b.) cute
c. ) fun and cute at the same time.

So, since these meds will be in our home IN ABUNDANCE for the next 6 weeks and they will be used 3 TIMES each day, I will make them easily accessible and fun to look at it:

we have here, from left to right: pink bucket=saline syringes, blue flashlight for 4 am meds, orange bowl full of alcohol swabs, fresh red tulips, green bucket=heparin syringes.

wash hands thoroughly.
15 seconds of alcohol on entrance site.

adequate distraction for 4 year old
administer first syringe filled with saline to clear picc line.

repeat alcohol swab for another 15 seconds.

make sure other children are accounted for.
preferably in place with food/entertainment/both.Administer antibiotics for 5 minutes. Squirt. Wait one minute. Squirt. Wait one minute, etc. Yet another alcohol swab for 15 seconds.

check on children again.
smile when little brother is caring for little sister.
Administer another syringe full of saline to wash the picc line clean of all antibiotics. you guessed it, another alcohol swab.
fill picc line with heparin to ensure no blood clots form in the line until the next round.
laugh at clown.
discard trash, (or wash a few out and use as bath toys).
Repeat 3 times a day, every 8 hours.

"Poisons and medicine are oftentimes
the same substance
given with different intents."
~Peter Mere Latham
p.s. tomorrow is a little boys birthday that i love very much.

11 comments:

Shar said...

Been thinking of you so much, all day yesterday and today...loving you and praying for you!

Anonymous said...

YOU CAN DO THIS SHRISH! You're an amazing Mom....

consume me... said...

HA! You made me smile....then you made me tired. I hope naptime is still a BIG thing over there...and I hope mom takes advantage of one, too! Btw, we saw the balloons yesterday and Emma asked if you were having a garage sale!!!! I just laughed!

Kara Stoltzfus said...

i know the regime of daily medicine can get tiring & frustrating. oh, how i know.
big picture - thankfully tyler is HOME and healthy & well!

keep smiling

if i can do anything to help. let me know.

Kara Stoltzfus said...

ps - love the little set-up of colored buckets, etc.
anything to make the medication process a bit more pleasant.

so sweet. love your tender touches.

Anonymous said...

...miss you and our monday morning "breakfast-times" with you and R...
...so glad to hear Tyler is home...
xo, jo

Esther@fleurcottage said...

i admire your spirit! nursing care is not my thing at all...yet when the time came to do it, the grace was there...blessedness!

Aimee said...

You go girl! Way to make the tedious chores a little bit brighter with your sweet touches! Hope the next few weeks go by quickly!

Jena said...

thinking of you much...
What can I do???
loves-

Michelle said...

Love the buckets and med set-up! Very pretty. And I'm not sure I understand...you have to swab? ;) Tyler is lucky to have you as his mom and nurse :)

Anonymous said...

Josie says... I'm so glad that my friend Tyler is getting all better!!! And I hope he sleeps with the blue sock-monkey!! And I really, really want to see him in 20 days!! (her word exactly!!) Ha-ha!!

You are loved and prayed for!! Let me know if We can help with anything!!

luv~ Mary Jo