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48 hours after
- Encourage sitting in a chair 4 times today.
- Encourage walking 4 times today.
- Arm exercises 3 times
- PT will continue to help you with activity.
- Chew mint gum.
- Continue to eat small snacks/meals throughout the day. Your child's appetite will not be the same as normal because of the pain medicines.
- We won't use scheduled IV nausea medicine today. If your child is nauseous, we can use an oral dissolving Zofran to treat nausea.
- Continue with constipation medicines. If given Miralax, your child must drink it within 20 minutes for it to help with bowel movements.
- PCA will likely end today, but IV doses of medicine will be available if needed. The goal is to avoid using IV pain medicine.
- The Ketorolac will likely stop today, and your child will start using ibuprofen in a liquid or pill.
- Lab comes to draw blood, so we can check blood counts.
- The drain tube may come out today.
- The catheter will likely be removed today. If your child has problems urinating, we may need to do another temporary catheter.
- We will check bandages often. If edges roll up, we will show you how to reinforce them & tape them down.
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Our nurse triage team is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to assist with appointments and referrals.
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