This picture is the motivation for taking my camera to the hospital in the first place. Ever since they discovered that the E-coli strain Robert has is antibiotic resistant this is what Ashley wears the ENTIRE time she is in Robert's room! She even sleeps in this hot get-up! Now we know why Robert was requesting snuggles today--who could resist this? Everyone, including nurses must gown up before entering Robert's room. I thought it might be fun/interesting to see a little glimpse of Ashley's life in the hospital right now.
You put the mask on outside the door and the gown on right inside the door. Then you wash your hands and sanitize them. You can only touch Robert if you have gloves on. I threw this picture in, because Ashley got such a good chuckle out of seeing me in this amazing yellow gown--figured a laugh might be a good thing for a post about Robert. The gowns and masks are for mutual protection of Robert, visitors, and to be sure that you don't take anything (e-coli) with you when you leave his room either.
Brittany, Dad, Ashley and Mom! We had a great time visiting together tonight!
Janelle, Ashley and mom.
Sorry, no pictures of Robert. Ashley doesn't really want to document his ICU experience with photographs. Can't say that I blame her. He doesn't look like himself.
Robert is doing better today. His neutrophil numbers remain at .1 He is maintaining his blood pressure very well on his own. He is on oxygen still, but is breathing better/more easily. He is responding well to the new medication that they have him on to take down the E-coli.
He has been awake more today and is more coherent. He hasn't spoken for awhile, and breathes through his mouth a lot. This makes it difficult to understand him when he speaks--he gets a little frustrated when people aren't understanding him. He still says some funny 'on drugs and meds' kinds of things too.
He told Ashley, "I need some snuggles!"
Ashley: "Robert, I'm not allowed to get in your bed in the ICU. I can't snuggle you. But I can touch you and rub you. Will that be okay?"
Robert: "Oh, okay."
Ashley knows he is feeling a little better when he wants enough physical contact to ask for snuggles. Ashley was feeling really positive and happy tonight. She was happy with Robert's improvements today. She is doing well also. Getting a little more rest! Hoping he is out of the ICU soon, so she can get even more!
Thank you again for the prayers and fasting on their behalf. Ashley has felt so blessed and lifted since Thursday! Good night! Loves!