Thursday, May 15, 2008

Day 2 PICU

Kaitlyn is doing about the same today, but we are feeling much more comfortable here in PICU in case anything goes wrong. We are dealing with a full blown chest cold. Kaitlyn is plugging lots, and it has been pretty difficult to maintain sats, even with additional O2. I am concerned about her CO2 levels but they are being checked every day. So far I am still doing all of Kaitlyn's treatments. I am starting to feel tired, but will continue until Kaitlyn feels better.

We have changed Kaitlyn's antibiotic from amoxicillin to cefixime. Cefixime is supposed to be broader spectrum, and the amoxicillin obviously isn't doing her any good. We are going to have to see if there is any change over the next couple of days. Kaitlyn is pretty tired and it's a battle to cough her without exhausting her. It's times like this that I wish we could do postural drainage. It would be a lot easier to get stuff out of her lungs if she could relax and let gravity help.

So far Kaitlyn's x-rays still look good, they definitely don't reflect her symptoms. But at least there are no obvious signs of atelectasis or pneumonia. I hope she begins to improve over the next couple of days.

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