Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ethan's Rough Night

Last night will not go down in the books as one of our best. It all started yesterday afternoon when I noticed a red spot on Ethan's inner left thigh (where the wannabe PICC line was). I chalked it up to thinking his leg board was rubbing a raw spot and we moved the board to a new position. I made a mental note to keep an eye on it and really didn't think anything of it. A couple hours later, we were changing his diaper and noticed that the redness has spread and it was now raised and swollen. We immediately called in the nurse, who called in another nurse, who called in the doctor, who called in the IV team. Not good. The IV team determined that Ethan had something called phlebitis and had to pull the PIC line. Since this was the only source for him to receive his TPN, they had to insert a regular IV in his hand. He did not like this one bit!!

From there he would sleep on and off, but was more mad and in pain than anything. The cardiologist on call agreed to write a prescription for low-dose morphine if he needed it through the night, and thank God she did! Ethan only slept an hour at a time from midnight to a little after 4:00 a.m. He got the morphine around 4:30 and was fast asleep by 5:00. He must have worn himself out last night, because it's now 11:30 and he's STILL sleeping!!

The plan for today is to let him rest as much as possible, which hopefully means mama and daddy will get some rest, too! Y'all pray for healing for his little leg. It looks much better this morning, but still not great. Also pray this IV holds up until Monday. We just need to make it through the weekend, and then we'll be set to start feeds.

We hope you're having a wonderful Easter weekend! Stay tuned for sure-to-be super cute pictures of Ethan in his Easter outfit from Aunt Tara :) We love y'all.


Brandee said...

I hate that he had such an awful night :o( I hope tonight goes much better!! Happy Easter!! :o)

Grandma Davis :) said...

I love you guys so much! Look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Can you believe I'm actually using this monster? Sleep well.
Love, Mama

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