Frantina out of the Hospital and Susan Westwood went in!

Frantina was discharged from Dr. Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital on Friday morning and is going well back at the apartment in Santo Domingo.  I talked to her yesterday and she sounded great!  She will be able to return to Haiti later this month.  We will have to go to Santo Domingo once a month for a little while to see the neurosurgeon, but as long as there are no complications, she should do well from this point forward!  We cannot wait to get her in the walker and have her start using her feet to move herself around and learning to crawl again!

I arrived at the bus station in Petion-Ville at 5 PM on Thursday and had to go straight to a Port-au-Prince hospital because Susan Westwood, our NICU nurse, was very sick.  It turns out she had acute appendicitis and had been sick since Monday with it.  She was admitted after I arrived at the hospital and she had surgery on Friday morning at 7 AM.  It was ruptured and so she has to be on IV antibiotics for a little extra time.  She was supposed to come home at noon today if everything was ok.  But she vomited several times during the night and just wasn’t ready yet and so she will stay until Monday.

We nurses are terrible about self diagnosing and self medicating ourselves!  Sometimes it doesn’t work very well for us! 

Please keep both Frantina and Susan in your prayers that all will go well from this point forward!

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Katie's friend Melissa wrote:
Yikes! Surgery in Haiti! Double yikes! I will add Susan with my continued prayers for Frantina and Nurse Katie.

Sat, May 5, 2012 @ 9:01 PM

2. God's Littlest Angels in Haiti » Blog Archive » Caring for Susan wrote:
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Thu, May 17, 2012 @ 1:59 PM

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