Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Guess What.

We are back up here again, with another pleural effusion.

To keep myself from seeming redundant, I'll answer the questions we've been getting the most of, quickly, and as short as I can.

-No, it's not as bad as the last few.
-No, we didn't bring him up here suspecting this. We brought him to a pediatrician at the U because he's had a cough and Josh had had pneumonia. But they wanted an x-ray which is how we discovered it.
-No, the Doc's don't know why it happened again, and they are concerned, but they aren't going to do anything drastic at this point (like a cath,) because it could be the cold that is associated with this episode.
-Yes, Jack is pissed.
-Yes, we are about through with the novelty of pleural effusions.
-Yes, Tom and Becky are back. They are home recovering from a bad flight, long trip and exhaustion. They'll come up tomorrow.
-No, we don't need anything right now.
-Yes, they put in a chest tube, it will be in for a day or two.
-Yes, we will keep him on diuretic's for a longer time now.
-Yes, we are worried about the potassium levels.
-Yes, they'll have to draw his blood every morning before an x-ray.
-Yes, I'll be spending each night here that he needs to be here.
-No, we hope this won't happen again.

So my theory, is that last week when we took his diuretic down to once a day, Jack began to get sick and like any mother would- I gave him "lots of fluids" to help his cold. So we bumped UP fluids after bumping DOWN diuretics which probably didn't help, and Jack has been doing alot of violent coughing which I'm sure aggrivates the area around his lungs and doesn't help either.

So here we are again. People recognize us now, nurses know our routines and what we like and don't like. Our cardiologist is going out of town and I hope all these people I haven't worked with before know what they are doing, and who they are dealing with. We are hoping to be out of here by the weekend, so we don't have to tack on Father's Day to our stays here during Easter, Mother's Day, and Josh's Birthday.

Thanks to those who are praying, and thanks to those who have expressed their concerns today. We love and appreciate you all.


Leslie said...

Ugh. I'm sorry Lisa. I was hoping you wouldn't have to go to the hospital again!!! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

leandparkermakes3 said...

Hang in there. We'll be praying for you. I'm glad your mom and dad are back.

Kelly D. said...

How awful! I'm so, so sorry. We're thinking of you guys . . .

Kyle and Alli said...

You sound a tad bit....irritated? no....maybe bored? hhmmmm....maybe JADED by this WHOLE experience! Sheesh. I am truly sorry guys. Sorry for the sleepless nights, vitals every 4 hours, countless pokes, etc. Hopefully they drug in the good chair for you and have the good slush flavors. If you see Mary O. or Michelle in the PICU or any of our favorite nurses and techs, say hello!

Mindi said...

Down with Pleural Effusions! I don't care if it's not PC--they need to go!

If it helps, we had a crappy day up on the hill, too. It's a good thing our boys are so freakin' adorable, because they are a lotta work. :)

Mindi and McKay

Liz said...

Tell Jack his friends are coming next Thursday and keep praying for him everyday so he can play with them.