Location of Original Central Line
Location of new Central Line
They gave him a sedative in order to put the central line in so he's been pretty groggy today since I've been here. They are keeping the original central line in until they can get all of his medications and nutrition moved over to the new line. They can't do that until they receive the new nutrition drip tonight from the pharmacy. They then removed his arterial line that was in his foot and the IV that was in his left arm. The arterial line was used to monitor his blood pressure constantly but since his pressures have been ok they took it out and are just going to use a cuff to measure it at intervals of the day.
A few days ago the radiologists found pneumatosis in the bowel, which refers to gas bubbles found in the walls of the bowel in an x-ray, and can be signs of damage to the bowels. At that time they had begun feeding him through a feeding tube but once the pneumatosis was seen all feeds were stopped. They then started a series of x-rays over the next few days to see if it would resolve on its own or if it was actual damage that might be getting worse. Today they concluded that it had resolved and therefore we can start a 7 day waiting resting period until we can resume feeds. After 7 days they are going to attempt feeds through the feeding tube again and keep a watch on the bowels.
They just came in to move some of his fluids to the new central line and in order to do this the nurse and Trey had to wear a mask. It was way too cute not to take a picture!
Things for the family have been going ok. We had a nice weekend together and I think the boys really enjoyed playing with their friends and going to Park Quest. Friday night I had an awful nightmare that actually woke me up from my sleep. Looking back on it now it was pretty funny but at the time I was petrified. I was being chased by a huge brown bear and somehow it car jacked me (um, really??!) and as we slowed down at a stop light (and how would a bear even know to slow down for a red light, let alone drive?!) I jumped out of the car (because well, it takes a while for a bear to get out of a car, they're big ya know) and jumped into someone else's car. That person drove me to some type of hospital and the bear followed us into the building. It chased me all around and I hid in different rooms. I couldn't get rid of this bear and it finally caught up with me in a closet I was hiding in. It stood on it's hind legs and flanged out its lips, like bears do, and then bam... I woke up in a panic. I'm pretty sure the entire dream was brought on by what we've been going through these past few weeks. But really, a bear??! :-)