Praise God! Things are looking up for Garrin. The health care team was able to make a series of changes to his medications and vent settings yesterday afternoon to stabilize him, though he was still needing 100% oxygen and nitric oxide to maintain appropriate saturation levels. Over night, Garrin’s top notch primary nurse was able to wean his oxygen more than 10%, yet we still had no idea what had caused this sudden and dramatic decline in his condition.
This morning, we were told that Garrin’s urine culture shows signs of a UTI; we will have more specific results and a detailed treatment plan after the final reading on Monday. For you and I, a UTI might cause some discomfort among other, what I’ll call, mild symptoms. Once we recognize the symptoms, we seek out a diagnosis and treatment plan from a trained professional. Garrin can’t tell his doctors about any unusual symptoms he might have been feeling, and for him, a UTI could and did cause his little body to practically shut down. Micropreemies have no immune system, for all intents and purposes, as the transfer of antibodies from a mother to her growing fetus does not occur until the third trimester. Micropreemies also have little, if any, reserve to use while their bodies work to ward off any infection. Thankfully, the health care team took the appropriate steps, stopping Garrin’s feeds, drawing labs, taking X-rays, and more, to try to figure out what was going on. Additionally, they were quick to start an antibiotic after identifying a spot on an X-ray as a possible sign of infection. This quick action by the team may have saved Garrin’s life… again.
Because of Garrin’s progress overnight and this morning, my husband and I decided to take the other three to the pumpkin patch, a trip that we postponed twice in the last month. Garrin was with us in spirit everywhere we went, and we checked on him via phone frequently.
Tonight, Garrin is resting comfortably. The health care team has been able to wean his vent settings and oxygen more. The nurse restarted his feedings so the antibiotic is the only thing running via IV at this point. A new doctor is on tomorrow and this bump in the road will surely bring a new plan, but we are so grateful to continue this journey.
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