Saturday, October 30, 2010

IV Infusions

I thought keeping up with Averi's feeds, making formula, priming her pump, cleaning up her leaky G-tube, counting calories, and convincing her to eat was time consuming...and then I learned how to do IV infusions.  They are not only time consuming and necessary at inconvenient times, they are extremely boring!

We learned this the hard way at midnight last night as we did our first infusion.  It took over 30 minutes to give her two antibiotics totaling maybe 11 mls.  You have to flush her line before and after each drug and you can only push in 1/2 a milliliter every minute.
(The 30 minute setup - it even requires an instruction card.)
Not only are you completely paranoid the entire time that you're not going to get the cap clean enough to keep her from getting sick again, but you can't do anything but sit and watch a clock and slowly push in the meds and change out the syringes- three times a day.

The truth of the situation, however, is that it is worth every minute that we get to spend as a family together and healthy at home!

Other than trying to figure out the new feeding schedules and medications, we did nothing but hang out today and occasionally go through our large pile of stuff we brought home from the hospital.  Most of it remained in the pile to return with us next week.

You better believe we are not going to go anywhere this next week and we are going to savor it.


Tina said...

So many updates! I love how ecstatic she looks to be in her stroller and leaving. I'm happy that you are all able to be home together at least for a little while.

Anonymous said...

Have a great family week!

Vanessa said...

Yeah for family time at home!!!