Sunday, February 28, 2010

A twisted version of Groundhog Day.

With my last post, Owen's mom Michelle left me a sweet comment about sending the groundhog our way to tell him to bring on spring. Well, when I read that all I could think of was the movie Groundhog Day. This winter has felt a bit like that. Wake up, and we're doing the same thing everyday. It just keeps happening, like a bad dream. In my sleep deprived, weird mind, I thought the comparison was accurate. Matthew is stuck on Groundhog Day.

Matthew had a fairly rough night. He was restless all afternoon and evening. He finally fell asleep around 1:30 A.M in my arms. At 5:00 he woke me with a coughing fit and then vomited. When he gets in a vomiting cycle, someplace in his brain the wires are crossed and his brain tell him not to breathe. He does this at home, too, and when he is done vomiting, he will resume breathing. In the meantime, he turns a very lovely (not really) shade of blue. Well the nurse experienced this first hand last night and Matthew sure caught her attention. I assured her he had done this before. He also had a temperature at the time, so she administered some more motrin, along with some zofran to help the vomiting. His lungs sounded very weezy and crackly so she had radiology come up early and do a chest x-ray. In the meantime, he vomited 4 more times, and turned blue with each one. His oxygen saturations would dip down to 30%. After his temperature came down, he was able to rest.

The doctor came through early and stated that his right upper lobe of his lung looked hazy and they think at some point over the last week he may have aspirated a bit. That could very easily happen with all of the vomiting he has done. They have restarted his CPT, which is a treatment I have spoke about earlier that helps break up "junk" (for lack of a better word) in his lungs and helps him cough it out. He is still on breathing treatments, and getting tylenol and ibuprofin around the clock. He is on oxygen, but they have restarted his feeding again. He is on getting IV antibiotics and IV fluid. He will stay in the hospital until they feel he is more stable and can go home.

He has rested better today and is currently doing better than last night this time. We will pray for a restful night.

Michelle G., one of my dear friends that I met in Omaha while we were in the PICU with our babies together (you may remembering me to ask you to pray for Olivia while we were there...Michelle is Olivia mommy.) came to sit with Matthew today while I ran home to get a couple things done this afternoon. Thank-you Michelle!! This evening Megan also performed in the talent show at her school, so Steve (who is still pretty under the weather also) came and sat with Matthew so I could take Megan to the talent show. She did so good! A friend taped her for me and I can't wait to show it to you all! She did so good!

Thank you to everyone who is supporting us yet again through another illness! The prayers, phone calls, texts, comments and help with the other kiddos are so much appreciated. We are blessed with so many wonderful friends and family!

We are anxiously awaiting warmer weather and less germs!!

Love to all!



Echoes of Mercy said...

Jill, and Matthew, and family... So very sorry that you are spending more days away from home. But so thankful that you have quality care for Matthew so that he can get on the road to recovery.

Praying for you all as you journey through this sickness. May God give you strength!

Please don't hesitate to give us a call if we can do something to help. It would be our pleasure.

Kristen said...

Stuck in Groundhog's Day is a perfect description of what all this feels like for you ones.

All my love and prayers to you all!

Lisa said...

That was one day that you definitely don't want to be stuck on. So here's hoping that tomorrow brings a happier, healthier day!

Can't wait to see the video of Megan. What did she do at the talent show?

Betty Scalf said...

I am also praying that Matthew gets much better and that the weather will also give relief to that young man of yours. May God give you all that you need. Especially strenght, recovery, and his many blessings. You have our love and I keep up to date on what as been going on. I hold on to that fact that we have a loving and caring Father, who will send his son soon Betty and LeRoy