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Tuesday, May 26, 2009


It’s the beginning of the work week after the holiday, so we have a new Attending.  One that I don’t know, therefore one that doesn’t know Bella.  Oh well.

The infection doctors have added a new antibiotic.  As they continue to grow new bugs from her belly, they are trying to target exactly what she should be on.

Bella will have an ultrasound today.  They need to know if the fluid is going away.  That will answer the question they keep coming back to – to drain (again) or not to drain.  Hopefully we’ll get the answers we need from the ultrasound.

Today during rounds I basically asked “how much longer?”  I know no one can tell me, but if we are just sitting here draining and on antibiotics, but otherwise stable, can’t we do that in the PCU where I can start my trach care training? (what a lovely run-on sentence)

The answer is two-fold:

1. They want to get to the bottom of this stomach thing.  That is reasonable.  Hopefully the ultrasound will give us some guidance there.

2. She’s on Nitric.  But she is only on Nitric because of her tummy.  She can’t take her pulmonary hypertension meds because they are oral (they can’t be IV), hence the Nitric.

I am ready to go.  I think as soon as the new Attending feels comfortable with her tummy (I hope the u/s shows decreased fluid), we will be able to go upstairs!  Then on to our next adventure!


Shasta said...

"Moving on the east side"---a tv show jingle...come on Bella time to move up the next floor! Float like a butterfly sting like a bee. Show those docs you're ready!

My name is Sarah said...

This is Joyce. I am stumped. Is it possible the Nitric is not necessary? What would happen if they weaned the Nitric? I know they say it is for the belly. Well hopefully the scan today will show improvement and you will soon be out of there.

Lacey said...

Hopefully you can get out of the PICU, what a great graduation that would be.