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Dylan Seabrook's Story

Condition: Complex VSD in combination with severe mitro regurgitation

November 6, 2005
Day 1
I went to Tisdale to be there in time to go to Dr. Shewchuk with Dylan to get his o.k. for the trip to Edmonton – his chest sounded clear, so Dr. Shewchuk told Dylan to cross his fingers, arms, and legs so the operation would go well.
Dylan did all three – crossed his fingers, arms, and legs…
Grandma and Grandpa Blaber came to stay with sisters Brittany and Courtney, and the dogs Sandy and Peanut.
We gained an hour in time change going to Alberta so that was good, but it was dark when we arrived. We finally did find Campus Tower Suites.

Day 2
We were at the hospital at 8 a.m. Lots of tests were done and Cindy was the one to get us through them…even the name tag and blood type bands were put on…special bath soap sent with us for the 3 baths – 2 on Monday and 1 on Tuesday morning.

Day 3
A very early morning bath and off to the hospital for 6 a.m. Surgery at 7:30 a.m….so it was a long wait for mom, dad, and grandma until noon when the doctor came to talk to them by the fish tank in the waiting room.
Dr. Rebeyka said all went well and Dylan would be brought to the Intensive Care ward – 24 hours he was on the breathing tube and kept very sedated. Then the tube came out, and one by one other tubes were removed over the next few days. He progressed well. The nurse was with him night and day – lots of wires, tubes, and monitors beeping…

Day 4
Dylan was moved to 4th floor and to a very nice private room where his mom could stay with him all night in a bed next to his.
More tubes and he was beginning to sit up and watch t.v., so he was happier. He was then to try eating, but not all food looked or tasted too good as he had 9 medicines to take too – that made his tummy sick sometimes.
So, he cried a little and threw up sometimes…
It was all looked after by nurses, mom, dad, and grandma.
The doctor did come and see him once a day.

Day 5
He had a fever, so more medicine to take…
He had a surprise that day – a cowboy hat, t-shirt, and bandana from the rodeo association – nice!!
Now he can be a real cowboy when he goes home.

Day 6
Out of bed and in a wheel chair he went to the beach playroom – it was lots of fun and lots to do there.
Food was tasting better as the days past…

Day 7
X-rays and more blood work to see why he had such a bad rash – too much tape and his skin sensitive…

Day 8
Tests showed fluid around the heart, so a couple more days in hospital…
More medications…
Mr. Potato Head came for a surprise visit, so it was fun to see him. He was so big he could hardly get in the doorway. He left Dylan some coupons.
Later that day, another surprise – Chris the dog stopped in to see him. Chris was a very big but gentle dog. We had a little visit and he went to see others in the hospital too.

Day 9
Dylan really moving good. Now on and off the bed and playing with toys in the 2 playrooms and air hockey with his dad.

Day 10
Dylan picked a stitch and it got a little infected, so more medications for that and a dressing put over it. They told us to stay another 2 days…

Day 11
Dylan knows his way around – we go for walks and even go to the kitchen and make a peanut butter sandwich if he wants one – also lots of milk there.

Day 12
We are being discharged and it takes until 4 p.m. to get going, as the doctor has to see him and paperwork needs to be done. Then a dressing change, lunch, and then prescriptions – so it took a long time.

We also had to make sure we got all the autographs we could on his t-shirt – some really enjoyed signing his t-shirt.
They all thought Dylan was a great patient!!

Day 13
We only made it to Lloydminster yesterday, so still 5 hours from home…
Had a restless sleep in the hotel room.

13 days on the road and going to make it home today!!
The dogs and girls are at the farm with grandma and grandpa until Sunday – so sort of lonely when I got home except for the table full of helium balloons and gifts!!

The only thing left is to be on the road to recovery at home!!