Thursday, June 18, 2009

Day 9 is full of blah

First of all, Kaia is doing really well. I will start with that. It's just another day of no real changes, and that is always a bit disappointing, even though she's doing well. She's down to 16 breaths/min on the respirator. Their goal was 15 before she came off, so there is a chance she will come off of it tomorrow. That is great news! The bad news for today is they've tried twice now to get that PICC line in. That's the line that goes through the inner elbow, into a vein and is fished all the way to her heart. The first time they tried, they couldn't get it in the vein. So, they tried the other arm and they got it. They finished the procedure, but then (in checking to make sure it was in the vein via x-ray & ultrasound) they realized they had fished it through her artery instead of her vein. So, they had to take it out. Had they left it in, it could have caused arterial spasms and rupturing, etc. Mom was pretty pissed off that they got it wrong, but what can I do now? They are going to try again tomorrow. They need to get this line in before they can increase her feeds and before they can get other stuff out of her. The IVs are all going through her belly button line now and that is supposed to be only used for a week, but they've been using it for 2.5 weeks now. So, it is really important that that PICC line goes in and goes in correctly tomorrow. BUT, now kaia's arms are all bruised up and super sensitive. She's not a happy baby right now. It's really sad for me to watch. I wanted to punch the doc that put the line in wrong, but I held my composure. So, we have no pics or anything today. She's a little less puffy than yesterday, which is awesome. She's starting to look like our baby again. Here's to hoping she comes off the respirator tomorrow! Friday will be a huge day! She gets her staples out, the PICC line in and the respirator off. So, we will be really busy around here. Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Stephanie,

    Just wanted to let you know that baby Kaia and you (and dad, too) are in my prayers. From reading your posts, it seems like your precious gift is going to be a fighter. Just wait, in a couple of years she'll be terrorizing everyone - and you'll love it. This beautiful, strong baby girl is an inspiration and will continue to be so.

    Warmest Regards,

    Sarah (Sativa Ross' coworker)