Carter came home late this afternoon. He is feeling and acting much better. He was in so much pain on Tuesday and very miserable, so it is a relief to hear him talking, walking around and asking for food.
His colon was enlarged. The GI doctor and Dr on the pediatric wing concluded that it was possibly due to an infection (so thankful it was not his appendix). Carter was on clear fluids this morning and started on the BRAT diet (literally a plate of Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast). He tolerated it all pretty well so he was sent home. He will continue the BRAT diet for a couple of days and then gradually start back to "regular" foods. Carter is not allowed to participate in sports, P.E. or those type of activities for about a week (he is not liking that order).
Carter will continue some outpatient care with his pediatrician, GI doctor and a review from the cardiologist (Carter's heart rate was fast at the start of all of this, then last night his heart rate went really low, they did an EKG in the hospital and need him to follow up).
Carter was showered with love and goodies from his family and friends (adorable notes from his classmates, such sweet kids). Each little gift, phone call and email brought a big smile to his face.
Luke desperately missed Carter. He and Carter are a pair. They are used to being there with each other, especially because of all of Brayden's adventures. Luke asked and asked questions about Carter; got up in the middle of the night to check if Carter was home yet; and when asked if he wanted to go to a friend's house or to the hospital with Carter, he opted for the hospital this morning. Upon arrival, he toke off his shoes and hopped into bed with Carter. They watched a movie, played games and played with the hospital bed.
Happy we are home and Carter is feeling better. Tonight we rest. Tomorrow we have to convince an eight year old boy that he still needs to rest.