YEAH, NEITHER DID WE!!
Dawson has not been able to kick the cold that he picked up in the hospital a month ago, the same one that I caught from him and it turned into pneumonia. Well, for a few nights it has been hard for him to breath. Two nights ago he started throwing up. Dawson has had a surgery where they loop his stomach around the top of it's self to prevent him from puking. Well, he was wretching so hard he managed to get it out anyway. He is fed through a tube in his tummy. We hooked an empty tube up to that to vent his stomach and help him feel a little better. That helped some. However, he spiked a killer fever. We didn't have a thermometer but his body was so hot. I mean like hot to the touch and felt like it might burn you when you touch him. He was HOT. Ryan went to get a thermometer. With Motrin in his system his temperature was still 104.8.
We took him to the PCMC ER. Which, because of Nan Dudley, who is an ER doc there AND Ryan's business partners wife, we got right in. HOWEVER, waiting for all of the tests and whatever to come back left us in that little room of ours for about 6 1/2 hours! I was glad to have Ryan with me. We played Scrabble on his phone while D slept.
Dawson was checked into the hospital last night with pneumonia in his upper left lung. We were thankful when they ruled out a Shunt Infection/Menengitis. We were both REALLY concerned about that. He has had that 4 or 5 times before. It means about 5 weeks in the hospital and starting over again with shunt surgeries, which he has already had 26 of!
Dawsons oxygen sats were low so he got a nasal cannula last night. He is off of that this morning, which is a good thing. They think he will be there for a few days. However, with antibiotics comes c-diff for our boy. That is the same infection he was just in the hospital for. So, they are looking for that and trying to prevent it.
Our other problem is that Dawson has had so many...TOO many IV's in his lifetime. His veins are almost impossible to get an IV in. When they do get one, it usually goes bad within hours, instead of days. Last night they had to use UltraSound to find a vein and then go deep to get to it. He will be on and off intravenous antibiotics, meds and needing blood tests for the rest of his life. Tomorrow we will be talking to the doctors about doing surgery to place a permanent IV. The port for it will be just under his skin, most likely in his chest. This will be SO much easier on him. The second they come in to do the IV and grab his little hand to start looking he starts to cry. He knows what they are going to do and HATES it. I hate it too!
On the bright side, Ryan is with him this morning and says that he is happier than ever. This morning we decided that he has spent as much if not more time there than at home with us in his lifetime. If that has to be the case, then we are glad it is in this hospital. IV teams, Radiologists, nurses, doctors, janitors....they all recognize us when we are there. They are all so sweet to us, AND they are the best at what they do!
I will keep you posted on him. Whenever we get home I, of course, have pictures of the fun things we have done here over the last week. Be patient! If you are, I also have a super fun giveaway right around the corner. WOO HOO for giveaways!