Some new information:
10/10/2013, 11:00 am
Ollie spiked another fever this morning (he had another one briefly a few nights ago, but it went away quickly). Although they aren’t sure, they suspect his central line (in his femoral artery) may be infected since there is a little redness in that area. So they just put in a new central line (neck) and they are giving him another round of antibiotics.
In the meantime, they are going to do an ultrasound on his abdomen because they’re trying to figure out where exactly all this fluid is hiding. He also has a bunch of air in his stomach, and possibly his intestines, which will be confirmed after the ultrasound. I’m sure there will be new medicines and a new weight loss plan soon. Here is a picture my mom took of Oliver the day before his surgery.
10/10/2013, 2:00 am
The doctors recently decided to change Oliver’s diet in order to achieve his new weight loss goals. After removing Milrinone, Vasopressin, Lasix, Albumin, and Esmolol, his new intake consists of Dexmedetomidine, Fentanyl, Propranelol, fat emulsion, and breast milk. It’s so simple. I can’t believe I didn’t suggest it sooner.
He is, in fact, finally starting to lose a little fluid, although it is slow going. They think he needs to lose about a liter (1000 cc) before they’ll remove the breathing tube. Yesterday he lost about 120 cc. Obviously I’m hoping he picks it up a bit. I’d prefer to not be in the ICU for another 8 days.