Thursday, March 12, 2009

Kiera's having surgery in the morning...

Okay, here's a quick update from Kiera's hospital room on my ridiculously SLOWWW laptop. I have spent the last hour just getting to this spot. Kiera's on the 840 hospital ventilator now. Kiera's port-a-cathetar has resulted in a staph infection in her blood, and it has drifted into the atrium of her heart. She's scheduled for its removal in surgery tomorrow at 7:30AM. She's continuing to spike high fevers, and at present, is not responding to fever reducers, so I have been sponging her down, and the nurse is looking for a fan. Her echocardiogram this morning showed 2/3 systemic pulmonary pressures, so I am worried that maybe her pulmonary hypertension is back. Hopefully, it's just a side effect of the drifted cathetar, but I guess we'll see on the echo after it's removed. She's also on continuous albuterol nebs, a versed drip, and now intermittent doses of ketamine. She's pretty lupy, but happy at the moment with her Elmo video, "What Makes Me Happy." Hopefully, after the line is removed, we can get rid of this blood infection, and get her home. We just have to pray they can get a good peripheral IV in tomorrow, and that it stays in long enough for the antibiotics to take effect. So far, the antibiotics up until now don't seem to have made a dent yet.

I'm freaking out a bit, and sad to be in again, and for what looks to be a significant amount of time. I'm sleeping at the hospital tonight so I won't miss the surgery. We all know what a great morning person I am.

Please pray for everything to go well tomorrow.

Therese

6 comments:

Emily said...

Oh goodness! I didn't realize all of this was going on. We too are in the hospital and I've been too caught up in our stuff. I pray the removal goes smoothly and she's quickly back to her old self.

K said...

We'll be thinking about all of you tomorrow, hoping for the best possible outcome.

Proud preemie mom said...

We've been praying for you guys - I am so sorry to hear Kiera has to have surgery. Will continue to pray that she improves.

Liz and Luke

Monika said...

Dear Therese and Family,
My prayers are with you and yes, for the best possible outcome. I have been on alert since your last post. Please know that my girls and I have you in our prayers & thoughts & hearts.
Aunt Monika

julie c said...

Thinking the most positive thoughts and sending them your way.

Sarah said...

Whaaaatttt?! I am praying here for you guys. Update when you can. Hoping surgery is smooth as pie.