Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Just Some More Pics

Emily and Ethan were lying on the couch watching t.v. the other day. Usually Ethan and Emily don't snuggle very often. So when they were, I thought I should take a picture.

Doesn't Ethan's lump look good? I got a call yesterday from the home health nurse saying that she was coming today to pull Ethan's PICC line. I questioned her and told her that this didn't sound right to me since the Pharmacist told me that an additional 2 weeks of Vanco had been ordered. She just said that she had an order and that she would be by to pull his line in the morning. Well, I didn't like that answer.
So, I called PCMC. I talked with the Caridothoracic Nurse Practitioner (a different one than we've been seeing) just to see if this is what was supposed to happen. She told me that she did in fact order the PICC line to be discontinued (because of what she'd been told from the previous nurse practitioner). I asked her what the previous labs had been and she said that his CRP had only dropped from 6.7 to 6.3 and that his ESR had "dropped" to 26. What!? When we were discharged, the Infection Disease doctor said that we could go home as long as his ESR was below 20 (and his was 18 at that time). I guess that when the lump got huge, his ESR went up to 32, but I obviously wasn't aware of that. So anyway, after talking with me, she wasn't sure what was going on either.
So, to make this long story short, she called me back, apologized for the mix up (and the possible consequences), and then thanked me for following up and questioning something that didn't make sense to me. So, not to pat myself on the back, but, I was really proud of myself for not letting something stupid happen and make Ethan go through having to get another PICC line.

This is just a picture of Ethan "rockin' out" while Spencer is playing Guitar hero. He is obviously starting to feel better. I sure love this little man.


buddens said...

Good thing you called! Geez! If you don't want to pat yourself on the back, consider your back patted by me.

And I'm in LOVE with that last picture of Ethan dancing! Hooray for feeling like movin' and groovin'!

The Hood's said...

Way to be his advocate! Poor little guy, that would've been awful to have to get another one placed!
So glad to see that he is feeling better!

Ty and Ber said...

Way to go Allison. Way to follow your gut. Is lump looks a ton better. I am glad that he is feeling better. Love the picture of him jammin out.

cici said...

Very proud of you indeed! I see this type of thing happening way too much these days. Not sure if it is computers, confusion of who's in charge,or plain laziness about getting work done.
Ethan looks great and now the big ol' lump is just a bad memory ;)
My prayers are with you for a healthy,
happy winter.
Stay warm

Staci said...

He is a cutie!

Staci (angel Bridger's mom)

Tiffany said...

We ran into things like that a lot with my dad after his bone marrow transplant. High-5 for questioning things, he's lucky to have such an on-the-ball mommy :)

Quinn and/or Lauralee said...

Don't ever feel bad about being a cautious mother. It's great that you have some medical know how to rely on. I wouldn't know what to do. Glad he is feeling better. The pictures are great. - Lauralee