Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Our Little Fighter
Great Aunt Jeannie & Dave Merrill sent Braden the adorable bath robe - I think he looks like a boxer in it:-) The bear he is being buddies with was his first gift bear from Nana and Grandpa Wilson.
We are out of the PICU and into a regular room. While we can't quite breathe a sigh of relief that it is over, at least we have improved enough to move into a room. They are treating us with intravenous antibiotics, as they are the strongest available - we really need to knock this thing out. We didn't know until we were making progress that this kind of pnuemonia has a 25 - 50% fatality rate - so we are lucky that we had good doctors to start our antibiotics the day we were admitted into the Emergency Room. Since Braden has an immune-suppressed system due to the steriod ACTH shots, however a 'normal' patient would be treated, we have to go stronger and longer. So a normal patient receiving antibiotics would get a 10-day treatment, we will be getting a 14 to 21 day treatment. I wonder if we need to put in a change of address form with the hospital address?
Braden is having a hard time keeping the IV's... last night they tried 7 times to get a vein and they all blew... and on try 8 he got one in the neck from the PICU doctor. It has already come out again, so they will probably try his head somewhere. Mommy has a hard time watching them fail at getting the IV in, so Daddy has been keeping our little trooper company during those procedures.
Please continue to pray for his recovery. If you need to reach us, we are on our cell phones, and staying at the 'hotel' hospital...
Kodi, Brad, & Braden