Xiaoyun's day 3 went fairly well. It seemed like a constant day of adjusting traction so she could get into a comfortable position. Once we hit that 15 lbs. it really started to bother her neck and back. At supper time she told me her leg had fallen asleep, which sent me quickly to find the nurse. The surgeon had told us to watch for two things - her eyes not tracking properly and any odd sensations in her legs. The doctor had them remove a pound and once that happened the tingling went away. They put the weight back on last night before bed, and I think she is going to be able to tolerate it. 5 more pound to go. I still find it incredible that they can put 20 pounds of weights attached to the skull of a child who only weighs 46 pounds! Her appetite is better and I think we're over the nausea for now.
Xiaoyun had a visitor yesterday - Coach Strong, the U of L football coach. He had some other people from the college with him, and they were visiting the kids on Xiaoyun's floor. He was very friendly, stayed several minutes to talk with Xiaoyun, and then gave her a little bear dressed as a U of L cheerleader.
Xiaoyun also got a gift from a hospital donor - an American Girl Doll (her first) complete with her own wheelchair! Xiaoyun couldn't stop smiling :-) Right after that, a package arrived from her friend Mia (and her family) that had a bear dressed in a complete scrub outfit (Emily, our older daughter who's in nursing school, is planning on taking that from Xiaoyun when she's not looking- LOL).
The art therapist came in and they painted butterflies and dragonflies that they will be making into a mobile in the morning, and will hang from the ceiling above her bed.
We're pretty sure if Xiaoyun could get the nurses to bring her her pain medicine every hour instead of two hours, she'd never leave the hospital!!!!!!