Just a quick update on Fletcher. When I walked into Fletcher's unit this morning he was surrounded by a couple of nurses, an RT and several student nurses. Not good. I rushed over to his bed and he was a frightful shade of purple and they were bagging him. Well, every time we would try to put him back on the vent he would desat again! This happened about three times. We finally figured out that his vent was disconnected and he was better. I had a meeting to go to so I left for about an hour and a half. When I got back to his unit there was another gang of people around his bed including an x-ray technician! Again, not good! I bet we bagged him about 10 times today. A few posts back I mentioned that Fletcher had a yeast infection and it STILL is not cleared up and seems to be traveling all over his body. One of the biggest concerns is that it will get into his central line (a line in his chest in order to give him IV medication) it could be very bad if the line were to get infected. And they really aren't sure that it's yeast, it could be impetigo, but like I said we're not sure. I was given quite a bit of information today and to be honest I'm not sure I completely understand what's happening. I do know an infected central line is bad and they would have to surgically remove it and if there is any sign of infection the surgeon won't put another line in. Not good, because Fletcher NEEDS a central line for emergency meds. They also told me that if he has a fungal infection internally that it's very hard for someone like Fletcher, who has a suppressed immune system, to fight off. He would require an IV anti-fungal and they have TERRIBLE side effects, like damage to your internal organs and hearing loss, just to name a few. They were able to culture a few of the infected areas and did some blood work. It will take 48 hours to tell if it is a bacterial infection and it will take two weeks to see if it's a fungal infection. So, right now they are giving him IV Vancomiacin and Rocephin. So, if we can hope for something we're hoping for a bacterial infection as opposed to a fungal infection. But, I know we can PRAY that there is NO infection at all! Would you all please agree with us in prayer that there will be no infection? Well, it's been a long day and I need some rest. Talk to you soon.
EDIT**** WE JUST GOT A CALL FROM TCC AND FLETCHER'S CENTRAL LINE CAME OUT. THEY FOUND IT LAYING IN HIS BED. THEY HAVE STARTED A PERIPHERAL LINE IN ORDER TO GIVE HIM HIS IV MEDS. THAT'S ALL I KNOW FOR NOW!