Monday, February 16, 2009

Marathon week.

I think a real "running" marathon would be more fun, but unfortunately ours is just a doctor appt. marathon. We started things off this morning with a quick stop to the pediatrician. Olivia's INR is 4.8 (too high) and she has a whole lot more petechiae all over her body. She's crabby and puffy and has all sorts of little things going on. Then on over to the hospital for a CBC. Platelets are back down to 24,000. Ugh! Ugh! Ugh! Hopefully we can hold off until tomorrow to get the platelets so she can get them while we are already there for her impedance test. However, I don't know that they will even put the probe down her esophagus if her platelets are too low. I should probably look into that.
Anyway, we head to the ENT this afternoon. Then a sleepover in Dunlap. Check in at the hospital tomorrow morning is at 6:30 am. Tube placement at 8:30 am. And then we keep track in a little diary every time she eats, positioning, reactions, coughing, sputtering, vomiting, etc... for 24 hours. Should be a grand time. Then off to an eye appointment at 10:20 on Wednesday. Of course, this is all pending no other complications before this afternoon...
No one ever said our life was boring! Stay tuned...

2 comments:

Judy said...

Okay, I've got a few questions about this platelet issue. I just don't understand all this stuff and maybe someone else is wondering the same thing I am. When Olivia "gets platelets" is she just getting regular blood or is she getting blood pumped up with extra platelets? When people donate plasma is that what they're donating, their platelets? What would happen to Olivia if she didn't get platelets? It sounds like she has bleeding and petechiae when she needs platelets, but I'm assuming it's more than just that, that their are probably negative internal consequences to not having enough platelets?? Just wondering :)
We'll be praying over the next few days that you're able to accomplish everything you need to get done and that Olivia has a happy heart through it all!

Dana said...

Yea we usually don't put any NG, TPT or any kind of probe down if their PLTs are low. You should ask before the impedance probe is placed.

Dana-PICU