Monday, July 13, 2015

Surprise Dr. Visit

Since R has had a little cough going on since Tuesday we decided to be safe and take him on an unscheduled visit with the pulmonologist. We were there around 3 hours, waiting, waiting, and waiting. Finally we saw the doc who said R's lungs didn't sound to swell. So we need to go in and see what condition his lungs are in and if any bugs are growing. This means we will be getting a bronchoscopy. He will be put to sleep and they will go in with a small instrument and check everything out. This will take place Wednesday morning. Prior to the procedure they will place a picc line in and it will remain in for the next 2-3 week administrating antibiotics, fluids, etc. Yes, you read that correctly. We will be in the hospital for a tune up for the next 2-3 weeks. We are so thankful for medications to prevent infections and illness. Hopefully this tune-up will be just what R's body needs to be healthy. Roanan is also down weight and that is very concerning. While in the hospital they will check his statistics and try to figure out why he isn't gaining weight. We are so thankful that we followed our heart and went to the doctor today. God has his hand on our family and we are at peace with the procedure and hospital stay. We will get more info about the scope tomorrow morning and the time for admittance. Prayers requested and appreciated. 

CF always keeps you on your toes!
  1. Bronchoscopy is an endoscopic technique of visualizing the inside of the airways for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. An instrument (bronchoscope) is inserted into the airways, usually through the nose or mouth, or occasionally through a tracheostomy.

Picc line:A PICC line is a long, thin, hollow tube that a doctor or nurse puts into a vein above the bend of your elbow. It is used to give you chemotherapy and other medicines. It can stay in place until your treatment is over.
You’ll be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area before the line is put in.
Your doctor or nurse will gently thread the line along the vein in your arm until it’s in a large vein in your chest.  You’ll have an x-ray to check it’s in the correct position. 
The PICC line is held in place by a dressing which is changed every week. The cap at the end of the line is replaced weekly to reduce the risk of infection. The line is flushed regularly to prevent it becoming blocked. 

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