The Skink is doing well, all things considered. Following her stay in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for viral pneumonia, we are jumping through a few little hoops to help her continue to recover at home. When she sleeps she must stay on oxygen as well as a meter that tracks her pulse and O2 saturations. She gets breathing treatments 3 times a day and we take her to her regular pediatrician every few days.
In my last homecoming post, I mentioned that we have her sleeping in a dog kennel. We get that this makes us sound like awful parents. How's it working? GREAT! She loves it and at bed time begs to go to her "PeaPod" - the name of the pop-up tent marketed for children. Our actual PeaPod grew very old and decrepit and therefore was replaced with a nearly identical pop-up tent marketed for dogs... for less than half the price.
While one might easily assume that connecting a 5-year-old to wires and tubes right at bed time may not be exactly conducive to sleep, The Skink has proven once again that she is ready for new challenges as always.
Can you see the addition to our sleeping arrangements? Mommy lucked out on her daily trip to the pharmacy and found a cow PillowPet! It's the smaller size one (they were out of big cow PillowPets), but it fits perfectly in our PeaPod - - and needless to say, our cow-loving Skink LOVES her new pillow!
First we put on the sensor for the pulse/O2 meter. The Skink's biggest complaint? "It tickles, Daddy!"
All set! So now we cover it up with a sock and run the cord up her pants leg to keep it from tangling up in all the cows.
Then we hook up the oxygen...
and the pulse/O2 meter. (Note how patiently my little Skink is standing! She knows the drill.)
Then she climbs in while Daddy keeps her "tails" from tangling.
Then The Skink gathers her herd of cows,
Daddy helps her with her covers, and zips her up for the night.
See how neatly the tube and cord run between the two zippers at floor level? Can I just say, our Boots & Barkley Large Pop Open Dog Kennel ROCKS! (Anything highlighted in that funky peach color is a link :o)
I can not tell you how thankful we are that we are having to do this with The Skink and not Iraq! There is no way in the world (or in the rest of the universe) that Iraq would tolerate sticky things, tubes, wires or things that randomly "beep" in the night!
It's a blessing that The Skink is so tolerant - currently her oxygen sats still drop when she is asleep, and her heart rate regularly drops under 50 beats per minute... and that means that Mommy has to get up every 30 minutes or so and check the O2 or pat The Skink on the back to raise her heart rate to a rate more conducive to life. Poor Skink!
Hopefully she'll be all better really soon!
So - my mother was rather appalled that I would A) purchase a dog kennel for my daughter and B) tell people that I had committed such a crime (she didn't use those words, though - LOL). So what do you think?
Also - I almost drove my poor husband nuts tonight as I used my camera to document each step of The Skink's going-to-bed process. Was it worth it, or should I lay off the camera a bit and save my husband's sanity?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!