Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Let's go back to the start ...

It wasn't the greatest night's sleep Adam has ever had; he registered temperatures of 38.6°, 39.0°, and 38.5°. It also wasn't the greatest night's sleep Alison has ever had; she spent most of it on Adam's bedroom floor. Do I regret taking him at home though? No, not for a second.

Peak temperatures aside, there is also a clear indication that the baseline is now up from below 37° to above it. So we are starting again on the frontline antibiotics that were stopped on Saturday after seven days. His best day, looking back, was Friday, and then he's been downhill since really, although the stomach pain definitely clouded the issue.

So we think it's a bacterial infection, despite having no positive blood cultures to provide any absolute diagnosis. We think, we don't know. So at the same time as starting antibiotics, Adam is being scheduled for ECG, abdominal ultrasound, chest x-ray and chest CT.

Typically when you want everything to go as smoothly as possible, it doesn't. Adam's new port wouldn't work this morning, and after several attempts to flush and draw back, it had to be removed and yet another one put in. Thankfully this time everything was fine. We're now waiting for antibiotics, blood transfusion, platelet transfusion, and more antibiotics.

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