Monday, October 15, 2007

Day 6

The temperature from last night didn't settle, Ethan was miserable and very lethargic. During the doctors round I was informed that yesterdays x-ray showed more changes, the respiratory team would need to review him and he would need to be monitored for another couple of days. The respiratory consult was already in the pipework so happened early this morning. They were quick with their assessment and recommendations. An IV was reinserted (this time in the back of his hand) and double antibiotics started.

Eth was febrile all day and thus struggled with everything. Physio was even harder today. He was blue and could hardly participate. We tried a walk but this also made him very cyanotic and I thought he was going to faint.

We now have concerns with his asthma. He is requiring ventolin regularly without much relief. This will be discussed in detail tomorrow. Its an endless circle, the pain relief medication interferes with his asthma, the asthma medications interfere with his heart.

Not all was doom and gloom though. During a down period after a physio session a big box was delivered. Ethan was more excited than a kid in a candy shop. He opened it to be greeted with a pile of balloons, chocolates and a teddy. He did the double fist and jumped on the bed. It was the talk of the day!!


Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that things didn't go so well today. We hope it is only a hiccup and tomorrow will be a better day. Maybe the balloons, chocolates and teddy will be the best medicine.
Judi & Rob

Anonymous said...

I hope Ethan's visit from his 'Simpsons-watching buddy' put a smile on his face after a rough day. Fingers crossed that tomorrow will be another turn in the right direction.
Love Fiona

Anonymous said...

Dear Ethan,
Connor and l hope that you feel better soon. We got a new game for the playstation and you can come and play it with us it is a ford racing game.
Love Aiden and Connor

Anonymous said...

Dear Ethan and Hanleys

Ethan - you are such a courageous and brave young man who can still manage to smile even when you aren't feeling well.

Jo and Luke - your strength is amazing and inspirational. We can't even begin to image what you are going through. You are all in our thoughts.

Cam, Em and Alex