Sunday, June 29, 2008

Back to the drawing board...

Kiera is having a pretty good week. We started her nebulized antibiotic and after a brief stint on 4 hour nebs again, we are back to 6. The other night I actually slept from 2am to 6:30 am and woke up feeling like it had been a long time. :) I guess I am delusional from sleep deprivation.

So I got disappointing news tonight that the day nurse I had finally gotten last week for 3 days a week, decided that she feels unqualified to take care of Kiera. I knew she wasn't really qualified, but I hoped she would be trainable. She was very nice but wasn't pediatric or ventilator certified. Anyway, I was just starting to feel like I might have a more regular schedule, and now I'm back to the drawing board.

I know lots of the PICU nurses read this, if you'd like extra hours...maybe even just 4-8 a week or more as it suits you...let me know or talk to one of Kiera's nurses at the hospital about getting signed up. I am very flexible. :) I can have up to 400 hours of nursing a month, about 100 hours a week, but as it stands I am lucky to get 24 just because of availability of qualified nurses.

New trach changing technique for my readers with trached kids: Kiera is obsessed with watching "Family Guy." I have a love/hate relationship with the show. However, we did her trach change on the floor in front of the TV tonight instead of at the table like usual, and it went surprisingly smooth while she watched Family Guy. She barely noticed us. :)

Side note: I tried Invisible Watermelon Kiwi Kool-Aid tonight. It is a trip to drink since it just looks like water. Tastes good...but it's interesting how much taste is connected with color. Weird.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Therese!
Just thought I would pop on to see how your little girl was doing, and I am so happy to see those adorable pics of her, and see she is well! Also, I loved reading about how you figured a distraction for trach changing time :) YEY! Hope you are well--miss you! Love, Lauren & family