Noah is on IV Cephtazidime until next Friday for the pseudomonous infection which we give 3 times a day. His last blood culture from his port came back negative, so hopefully we will be able to treat this infection and not have to remove the port. We started home TPN on Tuesday and it has been going well. We had some trouble with the lines and filters the first night, but we seem to have sorted it out now. At 8pm he gets hooked up and runs until 8am the next morning. He is pretty much stuck in his crib for the period of time, but spends most of it sleeping. It is still hard to believe that Noah is on the home TPN program. Through a huge miracle and some pulled strings, he managed to bypass the year waiting list and was given priority so we waited less than a week!! And once again, our medical background has come in very handy and instead of taking 3 weeks to be trained in home TPN, we were able to do it in a couple of hours and get Noah home right away. I haven't worked much with TPN before though, so it's still alot of new information to take in, and this new world that we've entered is a bit overwhelming. But I'm sure, like the GJ tube, it will soon become second nature to us. And it is so worth it all to put Noah on the scale each day and watch his weight go up. He is just over 11lbs now!!
Right now we are only running lipids (the fat portion of TPN) and he is also still being continuously GJ tube fed. When he is admitted to hospital again, we will start complete TPN (basics & lipids). Then he will be fed completely through his port, directly into his vein and his gut will get a full rest for a while. We decided not to start the basics now because it will take about a week in hospital to stabilize Noah's bloodwork before he could go home again.
A couple of other new things came up in hospital. Noah was also started on iron in hospital which he takes through his GJ tube twice a day as his bloodwork revealed he is anemic. Also he was referred to an immunologist who will do more testing on his immune system to make sure that it is normal.
And now for our most exciting news ~ Noah is sitting!!! He will sit for a good couple of minutes before he topples over which is definately a great start. It's exciting to see him progressing in this way. Now he wants to sit all the time though, so I've been setting him in the laundry basket with some toys and dragging him around the house with me. He definately became spoiled in hospital and wants someone's constant attention. He loves it when Kailyn & Joshua are home and they read to him or dance for him. Kailyn is a wonderful little mother and helps out lots with Noah's care.
A huge thank you to all of you who have taken care of our family during this last hospital stay. Thank you for all the prayers, cards of encouragement and food brought to the house and to the hospital. I didn't have to cook this past week which was SO helpful!! Thank you to our small group for the many visits that kept me sane. Thank you Chris & Hilda for the daily lunch service. Thank you to our home care nurse, Nicole, for your daily visits and coffee delivery. And a huge thank you to the staff on CH5 who have become like family to me and brought me books and movies to help pass the time. You took such wonderful care of Noah and we appreciate everything you have done for our family.