getting Tim ready to move
on the elevator heading downstairs
getting loaded onto the ambulance
coming off the ambulance at the new hospital
finishing off the move
all settled in and relaxing at last
As the afternoon moved on Tim got to take a relaxing nap and ordered in a tasty meal of ravioli, buttered noodles, garlic bread and chocolate chip cookies for dinner. Tim's appetite continues to improve and he ate more than he has since going into the hospital. It still isn't a lot of food, but every meal he seems to eat a little more which is great to see. This morning he polished off an orange juice, an entire yogurt and about half a blueberry muffin.
Last night Tim finally had a restful night of sleep. Its amazing how much better he could sleep in a room where he could close the door to shut out any of the ambient sound, pull a curtain to block out as much light as possible and just worry about getting a good night's sleep. Other than a middle of the night potty break Tim was able to sleep most of the way through without issue. It also helped that his nurse last night, Meghan, knew that Tim hadn't been sleeping well and seemed to bother him as little as possible which was also a nice treat for everyone involved.
As far as the new hospital is concerned, it's a beautiful facility. If you need to be in a hospital it is about as nice a place as you could hope for. The large private rooms with much improved sleeping accommodations for parents are just the start. Every floor has a family lounge with a TV, play area, refrigerator, microwave and vending machines along with comfortable seating and plenty of space. The 11th floor is a bustling area with a new and improved gift shop, a rooftop garden and a nice cafeteria that includes lots of options for families and staff to choose from at meal or snack time. The menu for room service isn't any different from what was at the old hospital, but after seeing the meals Tim has ordered it looks like the quality of the food has improved. Everywhere you can walk that is a public area is decorated nicely with soothing colors, interesting artwork and consistent themes for each floor. We haven't had a chance to make it to the Family Life Center yet, but based on everything else we have seen its safe to say it will be amazing too. Having not even seen the more medical parts of the building it is obvious that all the money spent on the design and implementation of the vision of the hospital was well spent.
The other big plus is that it is obvious that the staff are all very excited about being in the new building too. Their excitement is the only infectious thing we've come across so far. They are somewhat disoriented as to where to find some things and what some of the rules are, but they're happy to be here. This isn't to say they weren't perfectly happy to be at the old hospital, but one has to wonder how much the antiquated nature of the old building impacted the staff's attitude from time to time. New isn't always better, but in this case it seems as if new is definitely an improvement for everyone involved.
Finally, Tim was mentioned in a couple more articles that were published today. Check them out at the following links:
Naperville Sun: http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/13075395-418/childrens-memorial-move-over-staff-families-say-goodbyes.html