After getting the scoop, our previous confidence and excitement had been replaced with fear and anxiety.
- His lactate level was elevated and climbing. This acidic buildup was causing unwanted stress on the heart.
- Blood culture results showed bacteria, a strong indication of infection.
- Jonah's temp reached 101.5, which caused us concern the infection had started a fever.
- The bandage site from where the chest tubes had been removed continues to "ooze" and was seeping towards the chest incision and central IV.
- Jonah's overall color was very pale, indicating his heart may not be delivering enough blood to his entire body. He reminded us of a sick E.T. :(
To say the least, we were very, VERY worried. It was the first time we had seen him really struggle.
But to the credit of the PSHU staff, they were on top of everything. It's incredible how prepared they are and how quickly they can respond and treat these heart babies.
- Dobutamine was given to help relieve the stress on Jonah's heart
- They increased the oxygen fed through the nasal cannula
- Antibiotics were administered
- A new peripheral IV was put in his right foot
- A blood transfusion given
- Cleaned and redressed the central IV
- Changed Jonah's sheets and blankets
When we returned to Jonah's room, the cardiologist and nurse were just wrapping up with all the above proceedings. The tension was gone and they were smiling. Jonah was doing GREAT! His lactate level was much better, the fever was gone, the color pink had returned to his body, and he was sleeping "like a baby". He looked so comfortable and at peace. After a daunting afternoon, the warmth of Jonah's healing heart had revived our spirits.
|Breathin on my own!|