Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Pillsburry Dough Boy

Oh, Ethan is huge again! Still retaining too much fluid. His kidney function looks great. He just likes the full figured look I guess. The good news is his vital signs are still very stable and he seems to be reasonably comfortable. I don't know how he is not in major pain though. Its hard for me to even touch him. He looks like he is going to pop if I push too hard! Poor little man. The docs think he started retaining again, as a defense mechanism, when the infection hit. He is still fever free, but his white count is slightly elevated. Hopefully his body will let go of all the fluid once the infection is completely gone. I don't know if they can give him any more diuretics than they are already.

We are also continuing to pray he doesn't need any more chest tubes. He has been chest tube free for 36 hours and no build up of pleural fluid yet. The huge effusions are what led him to spiral downward after the last infection. So we hope this one will be nipped in the bud alot quicker.

Love & Thanks-
Heidi

PS: Congrats Gage. He is headed to the semi-finals for swim team in the backstroke and butterfly! Yea, you heard me, BUTTERFLY. . . I am in my 30's and I still can't do it! Go Gage!

2 comments:

Ryan and Shannan Hoffman said...

Poor little baby. I just remember being huge and swollen when I was pregnant with Maren, and I know how uncomfortable that was. Hopefully he can rid some of that fluid soon!

Wow, the butterfly? Way to go Gage!!

ZippityDoDaw said...

Poor little puffy Ethan. I am very impressed with how brilliantly he sounds like he is tolerating all that swelling.

Very impressive Gage. Butterfly is insane, I couldn't ever do it.