Friday, August 22, 2008

Back at Children's

We're updating tonight from the 8th floor of Children's. As we posted last, Keegan had been doing much better. Yesterday evening, he spiked a fever and became inconsolable. We took him back to the urgent care facility, and it appeared the ear infection had spread to his other ear despite being on antiobiotics. We changed meds and went home. Overnight, his fever spiked to 103.5, and this morning the transplant team sent us to the newly opened Children's ER at Legacy across the street from our house. Evidently, it opened Monday, but no one really knew! We were one of the first patients in the ER. Keegan had two fever spikes while we were there, and they made the decision to admit him for a 23 hour observation period at Children's downtown. So, here we are, still running a fever. He's had a shot of a pretty powerful antibiotic, and we're just trying to keep him comfortable and hydrated.

Needless to say, he is not a happy camper. He'll be awake for about an hour or so, and then sleep for another hour or so. He's gone from not caring about any procedure here to crying pretty much whenever a nurse or doctor enters the room. We're hoping his fever will come down and that we'll be able to go home tomorrow. We will certainly update tomorrow as we know more.

As always, please, please, please keep praying for Keegan. A few prayer requests for friends and family other than Keegan:

1. Gray's cousin, Wendy, had her son, Wesley, 8 weeks early yesterday at 4 lbs 10 oz. He is currently breathing on his own, but he is expected to be in the NICU for awhile. Please pray that he is healthy and gains weight, so that he can go home to be with his mom and dad.

2. Our friend, Tucker, is going to have his third open heart surgery next Tuesday. His second conduit has again hardened, and Tucker is having very low oxygen saturations. He was the ER here at CMC earlier also due to a fever. Please pray that he is well enough to have his surgery and that it is successful this time.

3. Another friend, Alyson, is having a stem-cell transplant next week. She has lymphoma and will be having a transplant of her own stem cells. She has just finished her high dose radiation and chemo to prepare for the transplant. Please pray that her transplant will be successful and that she will be feeling better soon.

Thanks for checking on us, and we'll be updating again soon.