Thursday, February 4, 2010
We're up... and we're down
All day I've been excited about writing this update. So many great things happened for Arden. She moved from her intensive care unit to an intermediate care unit (3 West). Her arterial line was taken out and she got off all her IV meds, she got her first wagon ride as she traveled up from the 2nd floor to the 3rd, she drank her entire bottle (42mL or 1.5oz) and kept it all down, the physical therapist worked with her to let us hold her on her tummy with her head on our shoulder! It WAS a good day for Arden. Then Eric went in to feed her her 9pm bottle and thought she felt warm. Her last temp was a bit high (37.4c) but could be from all the movement/changes she went through today. When they took her temp again she was 38c which is about 101f. Not good. The nurse had fed her before Eric got there (he was bummed) and said she only took 12mL but we don't know if that is b/c she has a temp or b/c the nurse didn't try to get her to drink more like we do. By the time Eric left, the doctor had come in and examined Arden. She gave her Motrin b/c her heart and respiratory rate were elevated, and ordered a blood draw and urine sample for analysis and culture. Eric said during the whole time Arden was fairly content - I guess she's been through worse. We just called for an update and her nurse said the Motrin dropped the heart and respiratory rate like they wanted and it also dropped her temp. Praise God! The immediate blood work came back and all her blood levels looked normal so the doctor decided to put a hold on the antibiotics. They were just about to draw the urine sample when we called. Cultures obviously take a couple days to see if anything grows. Doctor said there wasn't anything alarming at this point and she will stay on the intermediate care floor. Eric and I will be at the hospital all day tomorrow since he doesn't have to work. I'll update more when I can. I know you are, but we ask anyway for your continued prayer over her health and healing. Thank you.