For the last two nights in a row Colton has slept all night. I am keeping my fingers crossed he keeps this up. The last week has been rough. Colton is healing wonderfully from his surgery but it hasn't been without its craziness.
During the day wasn't too bad. After we came home from the hospital I was focused on getting him to drink and drink and drink to keep his throat moist. The doctor and nurses kept telling me how important this was to his recovery. It was easy during the day but at night or during naps his throat would get dry even though I kept the humidifier on in his room or our room whichever he was in it was hard to get him to drink.
Colton is always really good about taking medication when he is sick. I don’t have any trouble getting him to take his vitamins or any kind of medicine so to say I was unprepared to have to force him to take his medicine after his surgery is an understatement.The first day went without too much problems as far getting him to take the medicine. The pain meds making him sick are an entirely different story. However we switched to regular Tylenol and that seems to work for his pain and he would swallow it.
Sometime in the middle of the night he started refusing to take anything liquid if it was medicine. The nurse and I had to hold him down and try to get as much as we could in his mouth. I think I had more of it all over me than he actually swallowed. This has continued. Ironically he didn't mind chewing the chewable Tylenol at least the first couple of times. Then I don't know what happened. I found myself begging him in the middle of the night and sometimes during the day to take his medicine. I knew he was in pain and it hurt me to see him hurting. The first night we were home he woke up shaking because he was in so much pain. He refused to swallow anything and Brian and I had to hold him down which was heartbreaking. I thought it would be better in the morning but he still refused.I had to get creative with ways to get him to take his medicine. I gave him his chewable multi vitamin in the morning and handed him the two chewable Tylenol with it. He took it! Worked like a charm. But then I thought, what am I going to do during the day? He only gets his vitamin once a day. I had four hours and needed to come up with something before then. I even took to facebook and twitter asking for suggestions. I didn't come up with too many. The next time his Tylenol was due I got a stroke of genius. I remembered one day when he didn't want to take a bath because he was drumming. Brian explained to him how he needed to take a bath to get all of the dirt off of him so he could drum even faster! That worked and he jumped right into the tub. So I told him they were "super drummer vitamins" and would help him be able to drum! This seemed to work for the most part during the day. At night he still refused and I was back at the same spot of forcing him to swallow the liquid.
This made the nights really rough. Saturday, Sunday and Monday last week were the worst. I felt like I was back in the days of when he was a newborn and up every two to three hours. Luckily that only lasted just those few days and then they seemed to get a little better each night until he finally slept all night, in his own bed, for two nights in a row! WHOOP!