Sunday, August 06, 2006

Fever

Update - the anesthesia resident came by and made a half-a$$ed attempt at getting a line in Jack. The first thing he said when he came into the room was "I've had a long day". Good grief, I don't really care how long his day has been. I told him that Jack's had a long day too! The other thing that bugged the heck out of me is that he didn't even wash his hands when he came into the room. Thankfully, he only stuck Jack twice and then gave up. Jack got 3 ... count them ... 3 Rocephin shots at the same time. It was awful. I can't take any more of him being stuck with needles. My mission ... get out of here and fast!

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Jack had another rough day. I woke up to him crying (more like moaning) this morning. His heart rate was sky high and he was hot. He's run a temp of 102-104 throughout the day. They had to get blood for a CBC and cultures, so they called the transport team - who was able to get some blood out of him after 3 sticks. They eventually called the ortho resident who checked his incision and it looks fine. They were thinking the source of the infection was the central line. I was looking at it and noticed it was leaking -- so it came out. Only problem is, he is not tolerating full feeds yet and they are worried with him not having a line in for fluids and antibiotics. They called the transport team to see if they'd come down and try and get a line in --- they said "thanks, but no thanks" -- actually, they said they didn't think they could get one in based on the difficulty they had getting blood. Plan B is to call someone from anesthesia to see if they can get a line in. I'm not optimistic because it's a Sunday evening and we will not get an attending, we'll get a resident and I'm not convinced he/she will have any more experience than anyone else who has tried. Worse case scenario - they take him to the OR tomorrow and do a cut down. If anesthesia can't get a line in tonight, they will give him a shot of antibiotics for tonight.

Let's hope that getting the central line out will resolve the fever, that the cultures don't grow anything and that he starts tolerating his food. I'm still planning on getting out of here by Tuesday. And you all know how well I handle things that don't go as I plan!!

15 comments:

mom2twinsplus1 said...

I hope that getting the line out helps, I am so sorry that Jack is in such pain and I know your heart is breaking. I will pray for him

Anonymous said...

Dear Lord,
You know Jack so much better than I do. You know his sickness and his need. You also know his heart. Lord, I ask you to be with my Jack now, working in his life. Let Your will be done in his life. If Lord, I pray for my friend because Your Word says I should pray for His healing. I believe You hear this earnest prayer from my heart and that it is powerful because of Your promise. I have faith in You to heal him, but I also trust in the plan you have for my friend's life. Lord, I don't always understand Your ways, and why my friend has to suffer, but I trust You now. May You be glorified in my friend's life and also in mine.
Amen

Anonymous said...

Oh Ann.

I was so hoping to read that you were getting discharged tomorrow. I am praying right now that the removal of the central line resolves the fever and he starts tolerating his feeds.

I pray also for continued strength for you as you care for him each day.

Love,
Jennie

Anonymous said...

I hope they can get a line in Jack tonight, and I hope the fever is resolved soon. I will keep Jack in my prayers again tonight. I will try to come down again to see you both in the afternoon tomorrow. Please email or call me if you need me to bring you anything! Big hugs to you and Jack.

Anonymous said...

Ann
sending lots of prayers... fever go away, get better Jack.
Trina

Anonymous said...

Ann,

Please know that we are sending our love and constant prayers for Jack. We hope that the fever breaks very very soon.

We also pray for you--for continued strength.

Dan & Bridget

Anonymous said...

Ann, I hope Jack's fever has subsided. Poor sweetie. I hope you are able to get a chance to rest somehow. I pray you get out of that "awful" place asap!! Hang in there. Hugs, love, and prayers, Whitney

Anonymous said...

Hi Ann, I was away all wknd. and I am sorry to hear that poor Jack has a fever. You guys are in my thoughts. I wish you and Jack all the best.
Love,
Tess

Anonymous said...

Ann and Jack,

I hope things are improving this morning. Jack really doesn't take the easy road, does he? You all are still in our prayers.

Dawna

Julie worthington said...

Oh boy, you guys are really having a rough old ride at the moment. Hope things improve and you can get out of there.

Hugs and prayers
Julie

Anonymous said...

Ann
i've been reading along and thinking of you guys everyday. I'm so sorry to hear about the fever and the pain:( hope the infection clears now that the line is out and he got the shots. praying for a fast and safe homecoming!! wish I were closer to give you and Jack big hugs xo christina

Anonymous said...

Ann,
I had hoped to read and hear that things were going better. This may sound strange but when Kara was in the hospital a last week they were so desperate for an IV that they found a really good vein in her armpit. It worked perfect until we left. I don't know if they have looked there or even tried there but I thought it was worth a try. I am sending lots of prayers for your family and Jack.
Rachel

Anonymous said...

Ugh! Shall I FedEx you a baseball bat and two members of the Serbian Mafia??? "Wash Hands. Please. Or, we break Knees".

I'm so sorry Ann.

Hugs to you both,

Kari and Milan

Anonymous said...

Hang in there. We love you.

We are all wishing away the fever and hoping for Tuesday release.

The Collier Gang
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Kerry said...

Still praying hard for Jack, Ann.