It has been quite the week. Thankfully, things are calming down now and going back to normal. This week didn't start out that way though!
This picture was taken last Saturday afternoon. Joel and I went to Granddaddy's funeral that morning, then lunch at my parent's house, and then we raced back home to meet the home health nurse who was coming over to take some blood samples and change his dressing on his arm. It was not fun for Harrison as the nurse messed up the first time on the dressing and had to re-do it. She also examined the line in his arm and kind of pulled it in and pulled it back out (which we learned the next day was NOT good!). All was well though and we continued with the IV treatments every 8 hours. We were starting to get the hang of it and I was actually feeling better about the whole process and figured I was going to make it through it after all (not that I had a choice!). Harrison continued to be a rock star though. It did not even bother him in the least!
Here we are in the ER. Of course this had to happen on a Sunday where the ER was the only option...
Thankfully, it was almost bedtime for Harrison so that night was not too bad. He took a while to get to sleep, but we finally got there. By the way, we were in the new hospital this time and it was SO much nicer (as far as staying in hospitals go).
Anyway, we really didn't find out much from them at that point as they needed to talk to Dr. Wiatrak and also to the picc line specialist who did the line last week. They had such a hard time getting the picc line in the first time that they were not sure they could do it again, and really didn't want to risk further infection. They did look at his ears and thought they looked pretty good. So, we sat around and waited.
Later on that day, we finally got news that they were not going to risk doing the picc line again and we were to stop the antibiotics and just hope and pray that what he did get (half of what he was supposed to) was enough to kill the infection in his ears. We go back for a follow up next Monday and I'm just going to die if his ears aren't clear. I think Joel and I were in shock a bit because we sort of felt like they were giving up on it, but we know that if they felt he needed more of the vanc that we would have stayed all week and gotten it through the IV in his foot. I am a bit relieved to not be administering the antibiotics at home anymore though! I really hope to never ever have to do that again, or see the inside of a hospital again.
I have kept Harrison home all week and tried to keep him away from germ filled places. Clorox wipes and antibacterial soap are my best friend. I've scrubbed everything in our house, all the toys, door nobs, and cleaned every room! He is getting at least one bath a day, and washing his hands multiple times. I've never been a germ-a-phobe, but I do not want to go through this again and I will do anything to keep him from getting exposed (I do also know this is pretty much impossible, but a girl can try, right!?!?). I'm terrified of sending him back to daycare because I'm afraid everything we have done will be for not.
For now, I'm really enjoying spending time with my HAPPY child! He's just been a pure joy to be around. We are trying to catch up on our sleep and just lay low. Lots of snuggles, movies, Ipad time, and playing with trucks. And lovin' on big brother too!
So, that has been our week. Joel and I are getting some much needed alone time one day/night this weekend and we are SO excited. Life has been crazy stressful and exhausting lately and it's easy to forget about making time to spend with each other, so we (and grandparents again!) are making it happen this weekend. We are celebrating 8 years of marriage on Tuesday--woo hoo!