Little Bella has captured the hearts of our family and everyone that meets her. We want to share her story with all.

Monday, April 27, 2009

What are we missing?

Last night (and it had nothing to do with being on her tummy or her back because they hadn’t flipped her yet), she started to desat.  Her vent pressures got really high.  Eventually she ended back on the Nitric and Vec.  She spiked a fever of 102.3 and had diarrhea.  Samples of blood, ET secretes, and urine have been sent to the lab.  Her lungs are wet and wheezy.  And she is so swollen.

Her ET secretions grew some gram negative rods, so she has been started on 2 antibiotics.  Her total fluids have been reduced to 75%  of her maintenance level to see if they can dry her out a little.  He would also like to get an arterial line.  His plan is to go slow, be careful and be safe. 

He was off all weekend and was upset at how she is doing today.  The day nurses keep saying, we fix her during the day and they break her at night.  In those comments, I see how they are coming to love sweet Bella.  Everyone wants her to get better.


Anonymous said...

I just read a quote that reminded me of Bella:
"This is a marathon, not a sprint"
Step by Step, mile by mile we are with you Bella :)

My name is Sarah said...

Bella, Bella, Bella. Hey girlfriend, I'm thinking about you.

Lacey said...

I love the quote from the first comment. So fitting. It really suck being there and catching everything. Thinking about you and Bella today.

Ann RN SMMC said...

Shelly, I am wondering who is he(that had the weekend off)? I'm glad they are doing some treatments. Drying her up is a great idea and antibiotics probably can't hurt with the tubes she has had in her for so long. Crossing my fingers that something finally helps.