If you're gonna be "down" in the CICU, this is the way to do it. Maren's heart stuff has remained stable-- awesome, really-- but now we're struggling with dehydration. She was doing pretty well with keeping fluids down the other day (not so much with food) but it all went down hill after giving her pain meds. Oxycodone is not Maren's friend. Although it knocked her out and helped her feel better in regards to being sore after heart surgery, it made her barf up everything little bit of anything we could get into her. Her a-line, and central line were pulled earlier this week because of risk of clots and infection, and sadly all of her peripheral IVs have pooped out on us. Even sadder (is that a word?), she has not one vein left to give up for an IV. EVERYTHING is gone. Poor thing. We are trying are best to keep her hydrated. So far so good this morning. She had a sippy cup of water, a juice box and an entire popsicle. Besides the occasional brain freeze from eating the popsicle, we haven't had any issues.
I think worse than the dehydration (which I'm pretty sure will turn around) is Maren's fear of anyone who comes in the room. Fear doesn't even really do it justice-- sheer terror is probably a better choice of words. Somewhere between having one of her chest tubes yanked from her body and countless failed attempts to place an IV, Maren reached her breaking point. All of those things were necessary, but really too bad :( Poor thing. Hopefully she's young enough to forget it all in time.
I will take all of this over unstable heart issues ANY DAY, but still your prayers for our little girl are still very much appreciated :)
Please pray for Maren's little friend Caelen. He was doing well enough to get bumped from the CICU today, but had a pretty rough night. He's got another pleural effusion building. Please pray for that strong little guy that his doctors will know how to take care of him and that fluid will find come off his lungs.
Thanks for reading.
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