Of course we are not saying "good-bye" to the pump forever. We will keep the little guy around for a while because we all know to well that if a tube fed child gets sick, they dehydrate very easily. Sometimes when tube fed kids are sick, the easiest way to get water or pedialyte into them is with a continuous slow feed with a pump instead of a bolus feed. In addition, we need to confirm a little longer that Allie is going to tolerate all of her tube bolus feeds 100% before we turn the pump back over to the medical supply company.
However, saying "good-bye" to the pump right now means he's leaving Allie's bedroom and taking residents up in the basement. He'll be stored in a nice plastic bag right next to his best friend "the medical pole". If there comes a time in the future when Mr. pump is needed again, we will know where to find him.
I have to say, Allie's room looks very nice with no feeding pump in it. This is a sight I didn't think I would see for quite a while but here we are, March 5, 2011 and we are saying good-bye to Mr. pump. Allie was quite thrilled and even kissed her medical pole good-bye. Of course, Chloe had to get in on it too. Keep in mind, Allie's had this pump around with her for the past year - it's almost become a permanent fixture in her room or in her backpack. Getting rid of the pump is a big deal for Allie - I know she has secretly hated him all along. I could tell because she always put up a tough fight when it was time to be hooked up to him - I think it was a love hate relationship - lol.
Here are a couple pictures of the girls saying good-bye to Mr. pump and Mr medical pole. Hopefully we won't have to see them again until it's time to return them to our medical supply company.
|Here is the lonely pump and medical pole that Allie hasn't needed for several weeks.|
|So excited to see him leaving - even Dora in the background is happy!|
|Allie kissing Mr. medical pole good-bye for now|
|Allie talking to Mr. pump and telling him a serious story|
|Chloe had to say good-bye also|