Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hospital Time

Nick is back in the hospital for the second time in 2 months. He really needs sinus surgery but for some reason the sinus DR doesn't want to do surgery at this time. I don't think he has felt good for over 2 years. I read in a book once when a child with Cystic Fibrosis breathes it is like someone was sitting on their chest. They have to work that much harder to breathe then we do. To many of us take life for granted, if you have your health you are already a head of the game. Nick had a port put in this morning and we hope it will do a better job then a pic line. It will stay in for a couple of years instead of just a six to eight week period. He has so many scars on his arms from the pic lines he said people probably think he is a drug addict. The port goes in under the collar bone and near the lung. He will get meds through the port for 3 weeks. His mom said it takes about 8 hours to go through all the meds and that doesn't include his breathing and percussion treatments. Nick will be pretty much home bound except for very short periods of time for 3 weeks.

Intravenous (IV) medication administration refers to the process of giving medication directly into a patient's vein. The primary purpose of giving IV medications is to initiate a rapid systemic response to medication. It is one of the fastest ways to deliver medication. The drug is immediately available to the body. It is easier to control the actual amount of drug delivered to the body by using the IV method and it is also easier to maintain drug levels in the blood for therapeutic response.

I just want him to feel as good as possible!

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