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Clean Hands

My hands have never been so clean. I wash my hands thoroughly and regularly, and use hand sanitizer many, many times in between washes.

There are wall mounted Purell hand sanitizer dispensers on the inside and outside of every patient room, and many other locations throughout the hospital. Signs encourage staff and visitors to “Gel in and gel out” of patient rooms, and we can feel the staff watching us closely to see that we do. Walk out in the hall at any given moment, and you can see a number of nurses rubbing their hands together as they “gel out” of patient rooms.

The ICU is guarded by a reception desk and double doors. After going through the doors, there is a scrub station right inside where we stop and wash thouroughly with surgical soap. After scrubbing, we walk about fifty feet to Sarah’s room and apply anti-bacterial get before walking in the room.

One morning after coffee, I had only been in Sarah’s room for about 15 minutes when I had to go pee. I gelled my hands on the way out of her room, walked to the bathroom, washed my hands when I was done, came back to the ICU, washed again at the scrub station inside the ICU, then gelled my hands again on the way into Sarah’s room. This is pretty typical.

If you ever wanted to lick my fingers, now is the time.

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Sarah is recovering rapidly. It’s is truly amazing to see how fast she is improving. Her surgery was Thursday afternoon, and she woke up on Saturday morning.

Midday on Saturday, they took out her endotracheal breathing tube and took the NIRS oxygen sensors off her forehead and back. Later that same day, they took out her mediastinal (heart) and pleural space (lung) chest tubes, her heart pacer wires, and her foley catheter.

On Sunday they took out her intra-jugular IV line, and her left radial arterial IV line. They also cut two of her five EKG wires, and removed her rectal temp. This left her almost completely disconnected from the mass of wires she had previously. We were allowed to hold her and even bottle feed her.

Last night, Sarah moved from the ICU back to the cardiac care floor where we started out last week. The nurses here are all glad to see her back again, and everyone is commenting on how pink and good she looks. This morning she is just cooing and smiling at both of us.

They tell us that if she continues to do well, Sarah could be discharged in just a couple of days. They don’t want her flying back to Fairbanks just yet, so we may be able to keep her here at the Ronald McDonald House for a few days, have one last check up, and fly home as soon as this weekend, or we could go back to Anchorage to see Dr. Brauner first and then on to Fairbanks. We simply can’t believe Sarah is doing so well and recovering so fast.

Posted on Monday, September 8, 2008 at 11:31AM by Registered CommenterBrian Rozell in | Comments12 Comments

Reader Comments (12)

That is awesome!!! I knew you would be amazed at how fast she would recover from such a major surgery. God is so good and Sarah is such a strong little girl with wonderful parents. I am so happy for you guys!!! Love you bunches! Heidi
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi
what a blessing!
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralisha
Wonderful news! It is great to log on and see happy posts of a healing baby girl! I hope you guys get to go home very soon, I'm sure the kids all miss you and Sarah!
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDayna
brian and steph,
i am glad everything turn out real good and Sarah is recovering fast and i am sure it won't be long beofre we can see that beautiful smile of Sarah, and i guess your mom and Dad are back at their home .i will continue pray for all of you till you guys are back to Alaska safely and be with the rest of the children, love always Dk
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDanny kwee
What an answer to prayer!!! This is such wonderful news - we will continue to keep Sarah and the rest of your family in our prayers.
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDiana
Great news. Kids heal so fast. GOD is good.
We so happy for all of you and Im sure the rest of the gang in Alaska will be glad for all of you to be back home
Love all these good updates with good news
Take care of you guys
to all Mary Lou & Jerry
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Lou
I am SO happy! It's blessings from God above, for sure. Brian, I could hear the joy in your voice when you called with the good news Saturday. Thank you for the many descriptive updates ~ it makes it almost as good as 'being there' for us.
Much love, Mom.
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMom
Think I will pass on the finger-licking, thanks for the offer though! :)
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMel
To all who prayed for Sarah, many thanks. To all who supported our family in anything, many thanks. I think that I can speak for the Rozells family, you have been such a wonderful blessings to their life and ours in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Seattle, Texas and elsewhere. I didn't get to meet the family in Seattle who loaned us the car, thank you for that too. And to the Presbyterian Church in Fairbanks. Finally to the health care providers at these cities, thank you, thank you, thank you. God has indeed answered our prayers.
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDad
YEAH!! What a blessing! I'm so thrilled that she is recovering so quickly. It's amazing. Love you!
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Cheers to Mel! for being the only one to mention licking my fingers.
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrian
Just catching up on your crazy life. I am glad things are getting back to normal but I am sorry I missed getting to lick your fingers. I can't tell you how funny that comment was. Nate is beside me trying to get his Sunday school lesson done and I can't stop laughing. Love you guys and we are happy that things are starting to get back to "normal".
October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAri

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