Saturday, April 4, 2009

What a Night!

After typing that last update, I decided to lay down for a little bit while we waited for Ethan to come back. I must have been exhausted because I was asleep in a matter of minutes. I woke up around 12:30 to hear a new nurse telling us we needed to move rooms. Basically, the team was not successful with placing the PICC line, and was trying for a femoral line. Babies who receive this type of line have to go into a step-down room because they require a little extra care.

Now, you may be wondering, "I thought you guys were already in a step-down room??" Not so. We found out that we skipped the step-down completely and were placed on "the floor" when we made our move on Monday. Ethan was doing so well at the time, they saw no need to put us in step-down first. Now, we're here where the nurse to patient ratio is lower than on the floor.

So, back to last night. We made the move to room 5307 around 1:00 a.m. This room is a bit smaller than our first, which made unpacking a bit stressful. There are a few other "deltas" but we're trying to not focus on those right now! By the time we got unpacked and settled it was around 2:30 and the nurses were wheeling Ethan back to us. They informed us that they were not successful with getting in the femoral line, either. So, it's now 3:00 a.m. and we have a screaming baby with no PICC or femoral line, in a smaller, more stressful room. YAY.

Ethan fell asleep about 15 minutes later and was OUT for the rest of the night. Someone came in to take an x-ray around 6:30 a.m., then we all went back to bed until 9:00 or so. At that time, the IV team came in to say they were taking him down to try their luck at getting the PICC line. He was back an hour later with no PICC.

So, here we are in our step-down room with no PICC or femoral line. The plan is to let him rest over the weekend and try again on Monday. The first team was able to place a really good IV in his hand which will allow for some TPN infusion, but it won't allow Ethan to get as much as he needs to start growing. We're maintaining his weight for now, with the obvious goal for him to start gaining weight as soon as the PICC line is placed.

Pray that we all get some much needed rest this weekend and that Monday will be a good day for PICC lines! I'll be sure to keep y'all posted.


Christie Smith said...

Oh honey, I'm sorry that you guys are still having a time... I was so excited that he was doing so well!! I pray that they get the picc line in and he will continue to improve!!

Nancy Morton said...

Joye, I am back in Arkansas but still praying for you and checking on Ethan. I KNOW you are tired. I am praying for your strength. You haven't had any chance to recover from having this baby! Isn't it good that our Father never grows weary. I will continue to pray for Ethan.

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