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.