Still Hanging In

Well we have had an interesting few days around here. Wednesday night the night nurse was a new one which I absolutely cannot stand when there are a bunch on that DO know him. This nurse had come to help out for the night because of short staff, and she usually works in the critical care and NICU. I thought okay, well she has more experience than others….what could go wrong? Well for starters she was not friendly at all and didn’t do any vital signs until after 11pm. J and I had left for about fifteen minutes at about 10:30pm and we came back into the room with A in the crib and three nurses standing around him. They had the oxygen blasting in his face and the suction going. I looked up at the monitor and he was in the 20s and I immediately told them to get rid of the oxygen. The nurse looks at me and tells me that they need it because he is satting so low. I then tell her that he can’t have oxygen and that it makes him worse. She was not told this on handover. Ugh! Then the most shocking news. She said he had thrown up! WHAT?! Sure enough his shirt was covered in vomit and he was NOT happy. It took me a good ten minutes to settle him down. I asked what he was doing and she said nothing…he was just sitting in his chair watching TV. Well the parents next to me told me that she was bouncing him pretty rough in his chair and then he gagged and threw up. I was livid. I went right out to the nurses station, waited for the charge nurse and spoke with her. She was ready to cry because she was so stressed out from her shift already. Anyways she said she couldn’t change the jobs because this nurse helping out specifically requested to have babies or she wasn’t coming to work. A isn’t a baby I said…he is almost three. Closest thing I was told. So I settled down and she agreed to put A on her pager for the night.

I then asked our nurse to page the on call doctor as I was freaking out that A had thrown up. He came to talk to me but it was really a waste of time. That is what sucks about things happening on the weekend around here!

Friday we had a little meeting with our complex care doctor and the social worker. We have finally come to the decision that A will be going home. I am not thrilled to be leaving here without answers, but I need to get over it I guess. This is VERY hard for me to accept. They are calling my case manager and getting her to come in for a meeting. They want me to have more nursing than just two nights a week. I told them how home care nursing just isn’t the same so they will be getting nurses in here to train that I will have at home. I will also be having a monitor for him as well. Genetics will follow up with us on an out patient basis. I am not quite sure when we will be going home but probably within the next couple of weeks. We were also told that the chest team wants a chest x-ray and an echo done on A every six months after we leave. I will be talking to chest on Monday about everything because they really thought that his feeds were related to his desats but we found out with the probe that there is no correlation at all. Should be interesting to see what they have to say about that. Maybe they will finally do a CT scan. Who knows.

Friday night. A’s feed finished at 11pm and two minutes later he looked funny. His sats dropped to the 70s and then he threw up. No gagging, no retching, just threw up. Probably about 30mls as well. I was so upset! I just don’t know how this is happening with a fundo that is tighter than usual!!!! The doctor on call came last night but he really couldn’t help me out much. He did say he totally understands why I am concerned and the regular team needs to know about this for sure on Monday. It was at this time that I found out that he had thrown up as well on Thursday night after I went to bed. I was never told in the morning when I asked how his night was.

Yesterday I also started A with some sweet potatoes mixed with his 6pm feed and some rice cereal mixed with all feeds. He is doing great so far and I can’t wait to get him to all blended food. I just wrote out a new chart today for his feeds. It took a while as you have to count all calories and water consumption.

Today A went down for a nap at 2pm and at 2:30pm woke up with gas and then went into one of his big spells that he has not had in a couple of days. The nurse on today was kinda freaked out because she hasn’t been with him in a while. He went as low as 8 and it lasted for about 25minutes for the whole episode. We both also noticed some strange staring spell during the episode. Ugh talk about a downer for the day!

I have been thinking today again about the botox in the saliva glands and think that I may end up doing that before we leave. I do notice a lot of secretions during these episodes as well as when he gags. We stopped the glyco the other day as I didn’t notice it helping so maybe I should just TRY the next step. I will be talking to the docs on Monday about it again.

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7 responses

  1. Miracles

    This has been a long tough road for you both and I hope it comes to an end soon. With answers of course.You truly are one of the best mothers I have ever met and I know I have said this before but Ashton is SO lucky to have you as his Mommy.We can’t wait for you two to come home so we can have a play date!! These two girl’s are missing Ashton.

    March 23, 2008 at 1:12 am

  2. huether family

    Hey Girl, I’m glad to hear that you are going to be coming home, just not for the right reasons. I hate to hear that Ashton is have a rough time again, just when you think things look a bit better then something else happens. I hope that you can get some good help when you do come home. the nurses need to help you and not get in the way. I hope that you can get some answers before you leave and things will get better. You guys have been thu so much and need a break to be together and be happy.I’m thinking of you guys and will talk soonlove ya mandi

    March 23, 2008 at 1:19 am

  3. Shelly

    Hey Guys! Grrr, Arrggg, stupid people! Goes to show that just because you have an education and went for years of training doesn’t mean shit! MOMS ALWAYS KNOW BEST!!!!!! I am stunned at the news I just read! WOW!!! Speechless!!!!! Things will get better, I feel it! Big hugs xoxox! Send my love to Ashton! Since doctors always just push for the next bed to be empty and send you home without haveing a clue, make sure you let me know when you are home, so I can bring you a coffee and have a visit to play with Ashton!If you need anything in the mean time, please Shannon, just let me know!Hugs, Shelly!

    March 23, 2008 at 4:48 pm

  4. BusyLizzyMom

    Happy Easter Ashton. Hope you can come home soon. I hope genetics will give you some answers, it is nice to see a Doctor not blaming everything on prematurity.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:11 am

  5. Cora

    I can hardly believe that he is vomiting through a “tight” fundo! Leave it to Ashton to do things that others expect to be impossible. I really hope that you get some answers soon, and that his homecoming goes smoothly. I think that he’ll do better than you expect back in his own wonderful environment. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.

    March 24, 2008 at 5:53 pm

  6. The Walsh's

    Oh gracious Shannon. One thing after another. I’m sure it will be nice to get home. I just wish you felt better about it…I swear I saw you on Thursday. I was at the Speciality Food Shoppe at Sick Kids around 3 PM and saw a girl that looked just like you walking past with flowers in hand. I wanted to yell your name but figured I better not 🙂 Thinking of you all…

    March 24, 2008 at 6:31 pm

  7. The Walsh's

    Oh gracious Shannon. One thing after another. I’m sure it will be nice to get home. I just wish you felt better about it…I swear I saw you on Thursday. I was at the Speciality Food Shoppe at Sick Kids around 3 PM and saw a girl that looked just like you walking past with flowers in hand. I wanted to yell your name but figured I better not 🙂 Thinking of you all…

    March 24, 2008 at 6:31 pm

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