The Chest has been Closed! But, it’s Never that Easy

As I mentioned briefly before, Douglas’s closure procedure went well this morning.  We heard from both doctors and nurses that he did great during the procedure, and we all saw that he did well afterwards.  He looks much better, so I’ll share some more pictures soon (I’m just too tired right now to go through them and upload them).  It’s just wonderful to look at his chest and see a bandage instead of a window.

Of course, Douglas had to make something go difficultly today, and he succeeded in thwarting the attempt to give him a new IV.  The reason for the new IV is that they wanted to remove the IV that was in his Femoral vein and replace it with a line into a peripheral vein.  They couldn’t just consolidate all the medicine drips into his central line because some of the medicines have chemical reactions if they are mixed in the line before they get to the body, and the IV lines get corrupted.  So, the day nurse-in-training tried to start an IV and couldn’t get one in.  Then the main day nurse tried another vein and couldn’t get it.  Then they called in two nurses that specialize in putting in IV lines, and they each tried twice and couldn’t get it.  So, they decided to wait and hope the surgeon would be ok with it.

He wasn’t.  So, the night nurse tried two new veins.  Of course, they didn’t work.  Apparently, Jenny’s dad had shy veins like this, and that’s what Douglas inherited from him.  They finally looked at the three medicines that were going in the Femoral line, and they discovered that one could be moved to the main line and the other two were going to be discontinued in the morning.  So, they decided to move the one medicine and discontinue the other two early.  Removing the Femoral IV was a piece of cake after that.

So, Douglas was difficult, but he’s getting better.  Other than that IV fun, he’s doing wonderfully.  We’re hoping to have him off the ventilator on about Wednesday and then out of the PICU on Friday or so.  The great thing about moving him off the ventilator is that we’ll finally be able to hold him again.


About Lance Finney

Father of two boys, Angular/TypeScript developer, Ethical Humanist, and world traveler (when I can sneak it in). Contributor to Grounded Parents.
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