Monday, December 15, 2008

Right of Passage: Hospital Stay

Literally, our family just LOVES to visit the hospital. Almost every vacation, we have a hospital visit. Instead of site seeing, we visit the hospitals in varying cities across the nation: Rexburg, Provo, Liberty, Baltimore, we've seen it all. This time, it is our privilege to visit the hospital in our hometown. I should have known it was coming since the hospital here just opened up its brand new multimillion dollar section that we hadn't visited yet. It's for sure beautiful, if you can call a hospital beautiful. But in one of it's rooms is where our little Grant is. I brought him to the ER Sunday morning with a 105.2 degree temperature. After a few chest x-rays and some lab work, they quickly diagnosed him with bacterial pneumonia (yamonia-as Lydia calls it) and admitted him into the hospital. We've come to believe it's a right of passage for membership in the Derrel Walker family to stay in the hospital with pneumonia (which I have yet to do). Lydia and Kate both had RSV pneumonia and were hospitalized for 3-5 days, Kate only 3 months old and Lydia was 2. Derrel was in the hospital for almost 2 weeks in CA with horrible pneumonia (they almost took some of this lung out). I guess you could say we're getting used to this, it's not as shocking as it used to be. Here he is in all his chubby glory:

Grant's doing fairly well, I guess he had a pretty serious case of pneumonia. They gave him a heavy dose of antibiotics about 24 hours ago and they say it takes about that long to start really kicking in. I thought that he would be able to go home today but it's probably not going to be that soon, unfortunately. But he is well taken care and and Derrel is staying with him so I can get some much needed sleep. I slept 8 1/2 hours last night with NO interruptions (except the normal alarm clock that is supposed to wake Derrel up for seminary at 5 a.m.) I think I could be a somewhat normal person if I could sleep like that every night. Needless to say, it's been a while since I've had that kind of sleep. Grant is improving

10 comments:

Matt, Amy, and Grant said...

Kim I am so sorry!!! Those picts of Grant just broke my heart. I'm glad he's doing better and you guys are hangin in there. We leave Wed morning but please call if you need anything til then. Merry Christmas and our prayers are with your little family.

Amy Tuck said...

AWWWWW! Cute pictures, but POOR GRANT! Hang in there and keep us posted. HUGS!!

Knudson Family said...

Poor little guy! He will be in our prayers.

P.S. Kind of a crappy right of passage!

Jami Jackson said...

Oh, poor little Grand (I mean, chubby Grant). You had me in tears seeing those pictures. I sure hope he recovers quickly so he can enjoy your Christmas. You're all in our prayers!

McArthur Family said...

Kim, I'm so sorry you guys are having to deal with this! How miserable!!! I will be thinking of you guys and praying Grant quickly recovers.

Much love,

Amber

Harris Fam said...

Oh my goodness - how scary! I hope all continues to get better. Cute little Grant!

Emy5 said...

I am so sorry to hear about this. It's scary. Hang in there.

Shera Mae Walker said...

We are so so so sorry to hear about Grant. I can't think of a bigger bummer the week before Christmas. We hope he makes quick progress so you can all be at home together soon. We wanted to call when Mom told us last night, but we also know how interrupted hospital time can be. Focus on your little ones. We will be praying for health and patience. Love, Danny and Shera Mae

Phillip and Mary Brough said...

Love you!

literaqueen said...

Grant's trying so hard to be happy- I hope he gets well quickly!