Tuesday, February 17, 2009
17 February- We have hit a bit of a rough patch the last couple of days. Yesterday started off with Kel coming down with a serious case of the stomach flu keeping her from seeing Caroline both yesterday and today. It has been very tough for her to stay away as Caroline has needed more attention. Early Monday morning Caroline was having trouble controlling her body temperature (later determined to be issues with the bed) so they ordered for some blood work to be done. No signs of infection were present but it did show that her red blood cell count was down again and led doctors to order another blood transfusion. The only vein they could find to run the transfusion was in her head and I can't begin to explain how difficult that was to see. She has also shown growing signs of shortness of breath where she can't/won't take slow and steady breaths. This issue has caused them to turn up the flow on her cannula. Nurses were also concerned with her looking a little out of it and more tired than usual so they've given her some preventative antibiotics. She continues to have some desaturations with the level of oxygen in her blood so we are hoping the transfusion and the greater flow will improve this as well. We need lots of prayers for the breathing rates and oxygen levels, and for Mom to feel better.