Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Oh Benny...

Thank goodness for Ben or my life might be slightly dull. :)  We're back in the hospital.  Not our usual hospital, the beds were full...so we were shipped to our second favorite place.  Mass General Hospital in Boston.  We love their PICU and the people that work there.  We've been once before and had a great experience.  Four years and a new PICU later, we're back and I have no regrets being sent here.  The only downside is the distance from home.  It's hard to be so far away from my family.  Because the transport was in the middle of the night, I opted to ride down in the ambulance with Ben which means that I am car-less in Boston.  Dartmouth transported us in their brand new, posh truck.  The seats?  PLUSH.  We made it to MGH around 3am.  They tucked us in pretty quickly and I was in bed by 4:30am.  Didn't sleep much that first morning because they spent most of it trying to get an IV into Ben.  The one from the ER blew on the way down.  The DHART team attempted a few IO's but were unsuccessful.  By 6am they had an IV running and antibiotics on board.  His x-ray showed a left lower lobe pneumonia...surprise?  He had a 103 fever, high white blood cell count and was needing a LOT of oxyen.  Not typical for Ben.  We've been here a couple days now and he looks much better.  They still have IV fluids running, he's on 40% oxygen with a pressure support of 14 and peep of 7 on the vent.  Last night, just as I had fallen asleep, Ben had an episode of prolonged apnea.  The dr.'s still aren't sure why this happened, but it made for one big party in his room at 1am.  Still running on nearly empty as far as sleep...and there is talk of a transfer possibly in the next few days if all goes well and Dartmouth has an open bed.  Otherwise, things are heading in the right direction.

12 comments:

Wiggles said...

Glad to hear things are headed in the right direction. Will pray for sleep for you and healing for Benny. Love you both.

The VW's said...

Oh Ben! You do seem to love excitement don't you?!

Praying that things continue to head in the right direction and that you both will get home VERY soon!

Love, Hugs and Prayers!!!

Jo Jo said...

Sorry about not getting sleep! Take care of yourself. You had some fun visitors yesterday, yeah!

Lacey said...

Sounds like your getting as much sleep as me. But I'm lucky that I am at home and not in the hospital. Hopefully your home soon too!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Oh my goodness, Ben! We moms don't like to get bored, but this is not what mom wanted. I am glad things are headed in the right direction. I hope he is better soon!

Junior said...

Glad to hear things are moving in the right direction. Hope he is home very soon. Sending lots of hugs and prayers.

LL said...

i'm still trying to find a day to get over there....GET SOME SLEEP. You must! :)

TMI Tara said...

I'm sorry this happened, but glad you are in good hands and things are turning around. Sending lots of love and prayers. Wish I were closer to help out. Love ya

April said...

Oh, we love you! Hang in there! Praying LOTS for a speedy return to your home turf!

Emily B. said...

I'm so relieved to hear he's doing okay! I hope you're able to get some sleep today. You're in my thoughts and prayers constantly.

Erin said...

Oh Benny. Crazy kid! Get lots of sleep! Wish I were there to sit and visit. I could use it!
Love you.

Mostly Stacie's Space said...

Hang in there lady. You'll be able to sleep after your in the Celestial Kingdom. :) Know our prayers are always with you. Love you so.