Since Nathan was responding so well to the shunt, the only thing keeping Nathan in the hospital now was his need for extra oxygen and breathing support. He was still on high-flow nasal cannulas, but the amount of support he needed was decreasing day by day.
So we knew we were getting closer and closer to the day that Nathan would get to come home, but we didn't know exactly how close we were. So we were complete caught off-guard when Nathan's doctor asked us if we had selected a pediatrician.
Have we selected a pediatrician? That's the Golden Question! You know that you are really, REALLY getting close to coming home when they ask you that question! So we were really, REALLY excited to hear them ask that, but as we mentioned, the question took us totally by surprise.
Honestly, finding a pediatrician hadn't even crossed our minds yet, so we asked if it was time that we find one. To which the doctor replied that it would be a good idea. So that went to the top of our "To Do" list.
To many, not having selected a pediatrician may sound extremely odd. But since we never knew when Nathan was going to be coming home, not looking for a pediatrician was part of our survival technique.
Our strategy for so long had been to take one day at a time. If Nathan had a bad day, then we hoped that the next day would be better. If Nathan had a good day, then we hoped he would have another good day after that.
But now our mind set could finally change. Even though we didn't have any type of specific date when Nathan would be coming home, it was now a tangible thing that we could look forward to. And it is really hard to put into words how WONDERFULLY INCREDIBLE that feels!
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