Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Visit to the Clinic

I thought that since we make so many trips to the clinic (two times per week for now) that our readers might enjoy seeing what a typical clinic visit looks like.

We have to be at clinic by 9:30 am. It used to be 1:30 pm but now that Hunter is taking his cyclosporin twice a day (instead of three times) the time has changed. He takes cyclosporin at 10:00 am and 10:00 pm. They need to check his blood level right before his morning dose two times a week. Hence why we HAVE to be there by 9:30. Luckily the morning rush hour is pretty much over and the drive is not much longer than it was in the afternoon. And we get home by lunch time so we don't feel like clinic has sucked up our whole day.

On this particular clinic visit, we found a decent parking space on level 3 in the parking garage. We decided to take the stairs to walk down to level two to the sky bridge which takes us inside of the hospital. (Yay, another sign that Hunter is feeling better... he wanted to take the steps). As we were walking down the stairs, a man stopped us and said that we had a good segment on the news. He had recognized us from the clip that aired about our story just a couple of days earlier. Pretty cool. That is twice in two weeks I've been recognized from public exposure (once from my blog and then from the news).

We walked into the hospital and immediately stopped in the front near the information desk to put on Hunter's mask, like we always do.



Then we got on the elevator that leads to the doctor's towers and went up to floor 6.

While I checked us in, Hunter had our parking ticket "evaluated".
Until he is 100 days past transplant, we don't wait in the waiting room.
We have special permission to just go on back like we are royalty ;)

Immediately we are taken to one of two rooms where they check Hunter's vitals.
Weight
Height

Blood Pressure and Temperature


Then we go into an infusion room where we wait.
Here the kids are watching "Invader Zim".
The nurses come in and collect his blood and flush his lines (which means I don't have to at home, woot!).
Then some people from the transplant team come in... one nurse and one doctor usually.
This particular visit was short because there isn't much to discuss. He's eating better and we are just waiting. So we were only in there briefly.

On Fridays Hunter has to have a dressing change. Technically we are supposed to take care of this at home but I simply don't like to do it, don't know how to do it, and am scared that I cannot keep everything totally sterile due to a certain toddler. So I have the nurses do it. They rock like that. Hunter HATES it. I mean HATES it. So, I'm always glad when it's over with.
This is one of the infusion chairs. There are several of them in the clinic and they are always filled with kids and/or their parents.

Here is the nourishment center... in the fridge they keep juices, in the basket, snacks, and then water and ice dispenser.

These electronic dudes at the nurses station seem to keep the kids happy and smiling.

So, that's it folks. The clinic. After the dressing change, we get the heck out of there. In the car we've been listening to Harry Potter on cd.

7 comments:

  1. Yay for taking the steps! It sounds like you have a good relationship with the staff, that is great. Thank you for sharing a peek inside your weekly trips.

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  2. Great post! Loved the photos. Hope all continues to go well. <3

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  3. We found out today we can stop wearing the mask and we now have to wait in the waiting room. Story was happy about no mask, but not too happy about the waiting room:-) Glad things are going well for you guys!

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  4. Thank you for the peek inside your clinic trips. Hunter, what an amazing young man you are!

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  5. Thanks for sharing keep posting!

    Anyways, my wifes name is Annette (pastors wife)and she just opened her blog to public setting as she wants to be an encouragement and blessing to people. I was trying to be an encouragement to her by asking if you would be willing to swing by and say hi as she does not know many people in the blog world? Thank you for considering. Her blog is

    http://continuedwonder.blogspot.com/

    Thank You,
    Rodney(Annette's husband)

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  6. Thanks for sharing keep posting!

    Anyways, my wifes name is Annette (pastors wife)and she just opened her blog to public setting as she wants to be an encouragement and blessing to people. I was trying to be an encouragement to her by asking if you would be willing to swing by and say hi as she does not know many people in the blog world? Thank you for considering. Her blog is

    http://continuedwonder.blogspot.com/

    Thank You,
    Rodney(Annette's husband)

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  7. Thanks for sharing keep posting!

    Anyways, my wifes name is Annette (pastors wife)and she just opened her blog to public setting as she wants to be an encouragement and blessing to people. I was trying to be an encouragement to her by asking if you would be willing to swing by and say hi as she does not know many people in the blog world? Thank you for considering. Her blog is

    http://continuedwonder.blogspot.com/

    Thank You,
    Rodney(Annette's husband)

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