Thursday, March 25, 2010

PICC LINE TROUBLES

Yesterday as I was leaving DHMC with Kayla (she had another flare up with her JRA) I got a phone call from the PICU.  They were calling to tell me that Ben's latest cultures drawn Sunday after he spiked a fever came back growing MRSA in his lungs and Psuedomonas in his urine.  They wanted him started on IV and oral antibiotics for both.  I spent the whole 90 minute drive home trying to organize and get things moving.  It was a long day made even longer.  Nothing was able to happen that day because of the timing.  That was a little frustrating.  Today the meds showed up at 2pm and the nurse came soon after.  She showed me how to use the pump - which I already knew - and when I went to flush his lines...nothing.  She tried.  Nothing.  I called Dr. Filiano in the PICU and he said to give him ANP through his line.  So I then called the doctor's office to have them order it for me and the nurse flat out said she wasn't comfortable dealing with me and needed to find someone who was.  Really?!?  That was wierd.  30 minutes later a resident dr. called me back and told me the ANP had been ordered.  We eventually got one of the lines to flush, although it was really hard and then started the antibiotic through that line.  The second one needs the ANP.  The IV company nurse called me a few hours later to tell me that she was coming around 10pm.  THEN the ANP has to stay in Ben's line for atleast two hours.  That means I'll be up until after midnight.  WAY past my bedtime.  (sigh)  I am supposed to be leaving tomorrow for Virginia for a girl's weekend.  It's hard to leave when things aren't going the way they need to.  I like order and right now I'm feeling chaos.  Hopefully tomorrow things will run much smoother and I can leave knowing that things will be okay.

12 comments:

April said...

sigh- sigh and double sigh.... Hope things settle down so you can sneak away
LOVE YOU

asplashofsunshine said...

Sending lots of hugs. Hopefully Ben will be better so you can enjoy your weekend with the girls... mommy medicine! :)

Zion And Missy said...

Benny Boy, you get better soon so mommy can have a little vacation. :) We miss you guys and we are praying for all of you! Hope you enjoy your weekend Becky!

Jenny said...

HOO boy... Praying for order.
xoxo

The VW's said...

And I thought that I was having a busy and stressful day yesterday! You got me beat!

I'm so sorry that you have this on your plate now too! Hoping and praying you are able to get away for a girl's weekend!.....(Can I come?!).....You need this and deserve it too! Love and Hugs!!!

TMI Tara said...

I'm sorry to hear about Ben's troubles. I'm scratching my head over that nurse's actions/comment. Weird. I hope you were able to get some rest and can get away as planned. Praying for your fam! love you.

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Oh man ... I hope you were able to get some rest! I also hope the second line opened up for you. How weird that nurse was! Maybe she's used to Moms who just sit back and let them do everything? I don't know ...

KeriLyn and Matthew said...

what a long day.....hopefully Ben will be doing better....and, enjoy your girls weekend....you deserve it!!! And what did the nurse mean that she wasn't comfortable dealing with you??????

shirlgirl said...

I ask the same question as KeriLyn--you could probably teach the nurse a thing or two and more!! You might as well have an RN after your name anyway for all you've dealt with the past 8 years. Hope you can get away. Will BB be taking care of Ben?

Jo Jo said...

I heard you would be heading down in the afternoon, hope it all went well. Enjoy Kelly. I'm not that comfortable dealing with you as well. You know much more than
me ;-)

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Adoption of Jane said...

The nurse wasn't comfortable with you? you gotta be kidding me?? At least she let you know she has no business bedside with your boy. *Sigh* some folks.

Blessings to you and your family.