Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Things have been pretty good since we've been back home. Ben's sleep meds seem to be working a little better and he's finished his antibiotics. The only discouraging part is that at the hospital his vent settings were 8 and 12. The night he came home I had to up them to 8 and 14. By the weekend he was up to 9 and 16, the highest he got when he was in the hospital. I'm not sure why he is requiring such high vent settings. I know he isn't sick. I worry about his little left lung. It's tired and weak. We see the pulmonologist on Friday, so hopefully we'll have some answers. In the meantime, I'm crossing my fingers that he doesn't catch this nasty headcold that I've got. I always worry about RSV...which manifests as a cold. I hear it's reared it's ugly head locally. I'm not sure Ben's lung could handle that right now. I noticed tonight that he continues to have a white coating on his tongue that I just can't clean. It's taken me a few days to realize that DUH! It's probably yeast. (thrush) Heavy duty antibiotics will do that to your system. I'll call tomorrow for some medicine...I imagine that it's really uncomfortable. Then there is the post-antibiotic diarrhea that is reaking havoc on a daily basis. I'm not complaining. With gloves I can conquer anything. It's his poor little bum that makes me sad. It's red and sore. I can sympathize. I know what that feels like from past stomach bugs. SO...even though he is mostly over his sickness, he continues to battle with post-illness issues. But we remedy those small battles with lots of hugs and smootches. It's the perfect medicine for a perfect little boy.