Thursday, March 18, 2010

PICU Day 2

Ben had a quiet night aside from some apnea.  They gave him a rate to fix that problem.  (meaning they set the vent to give him so many breaths per minute)  The doctor's feel that by giving him a rate day and night it will not only help the apnea but also help to keep his lungs more expanded.  They will get a repeat x-ray in the morning to see if it worked.  His blood culture came back positive and so he was started on Vancomycin.  His nurse Amy put in a more stable IV so that it will last until he gets his PICC line tomorrow.  This PICC will stay in for as long as it lasts, they have decided not to pull it when he goes home.  He did have a reaction to the Vancomycin...turned him into a tomato.  (a cute tomato)  They will increase his benedryl dose before hand and slow the rate of the Vancomycin down.  He's been fever free since his initial 103 and has had a relatively low key day.

11 comments:

Jenny said...

OH! That poor, sweet boy.
xoxoxo
kiss him for me, please.

Junior said...

So glad they were able to get a more stable iv. When Junior had his last picc line it stayed in for about 2 months until we were able to get his port placed. Happy to hear he has been fever free, hope this is a short stay.
Hugs and prayers

The VW's said...

Poor Ben! You look quite miserable.....But, Oh so cute! I would love to give those cheeks a great big kiss! Get better sweet boy! Love, Hugs and Prayers!!!

Trina and Jophie said...

Ahhh......Things sound like they are going in a better direction. Jophie has that "red man" reaction too. We always have to predose him with benadryl before each dose too....Whatever works I say! :0)
Glad they're keeping the picc in place. Will be much easier to slap some good bug juice on board quickly if need be till he can rid himself of this nasty bug. Praying those settings will keep those lungs all popped open! Hang in there.....
Hugs,
Trina and Jophie

Lacey said...

Uneventful is good! Do they think maybe so many picc lines contribute to these infections? I know we avoid piccs at all cost with Jax because its just a downward spiral of infections when we put them in!

Becky said...

Lacey...PICC lines have never been a problem for Ben. His infections are all in his left lower lobe. Thankfully the PICC lines have been nothing but good and hopefully they'll continue to stay that way. :)

April said...

Oh we sure love that cute little tomato! Glad it has been an uneventful day-- I'm sorry about the rate, though. You're in my prayers every day!!!

TMI Tara said...

{{HUGS}}

I want him to feel all better soon. I want you both to be home soon. Love you!

Ambrose said...

Oh no! Not again!
So sorry for you both!
You are in my heart!

Bugg's mama said...

Prayers, hugs, and wishing I could give you some homemade choco-chip cookies right this second!

Love, Bree

LL said...

Hope last night was restful!!!
THinkig of you guys~