Sunday, May 3, 2009

KAIDENCE HAS DONE GREAT!

I have been meaning to update but my Internet on my laptop was not working and I just barely got Mike to look at it. Anyhow, Kaidence has been doing very well. In fact I think that she has handled this pneumonia just GREAT! I have been shocked, but trust my when I say that Cardiology has seemed even more shocked. I managed to keep Kaidence home the night with the 103.8 temp. I had her sleep in her diaper only with a blanket over her and then I put her on continuous G-tube feeds. I used some really cold cans of pediasure and then packed her feeding pump bags with ice packs so that it stayed cold all night. I really think that have the cold liquids running did the trick with keeping her fevers under 101 degrees. It seemed to work better then doing sponge baths (she hates those). Mike and I also took turns waking up every 1.5 hours to check her temp, just in case. Anyhow, that night was Kaidence's first dose of antibiotics and she has not had a fever since. In fact, starting the next morning she has wanted to be outside riding her bike. Cardiology called the next morning worried and I let them know that she was fever free and wanting to play. They seemed to feel much better about keeping her out of the hospital and off IV antibiotics at that point, but I am not sure they believed me 100%. They called the next day as well to check again (I think that they were all expecting her to be very sick). I had to give them the same news again, but they asked that I take her in that day to see her pediatrician and check her 02 sats. With her little mask on that she wears to the doctors office she was satting at 98 (AWESOME for a healthy person). We will go in tomorrow for follow up labs to see if her CRP has come down and to do another chest x-ray. I think that things will look much better. Kaidence has had more of a cough today than she has in days, but I think that is maybe because her lungs are finally cleaning themselves out and she can move all of that junk up and out. I am so grateful that this turned out how it did. We were surprised and quit frankly I initially thought that we were going to end up back in the PICU. Fortunately we have been able to stay home and life goes on.

11 comments:

The Boys Rule said...

Way to go Kaindence! (And mom and dad too). I have been meaning to call you all week to see how you were all doing, glad to hear things are better. I had to take Sam in to see Dr. Giannini on Friday, he had a case of croup. Weird, but in nine years, that is the first time we have ever seen her. I can see why you like her, she was great.
Call me when you get a minute. Take care.

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Julianne said...

So glad to hear she's alright. I still keep your family in my prayers often.

summer said...

What is up with Mason and Kaidence both getting pneumonia???? I am so glad though that you were able to treat her at home and that she is doing better.


Lots of Love, Mason's Mommy

Megan and Alyvia said...

SO glad things are better and that Kaidence is doing so well, yay!! (:
We miss you guys and hope you stay HEALTHY!!! (We sure love it when things stay that way ;)

Ryan and Hilary said...

Wow, I haven't checked the blogs lately. I am so glad that she didn't end up in the hospital. phew...Well hope things keep going on the up and up.

The McOmie Four said...

Oh, I am so proud of Kaidence. And you! I hope that you are dealing well, just know that I love you all and pray for you.
Jessica

carolyn q said...

I hope that Kaidence continues to feel better. It sounds like you are super mommy and daddy in knowing how to take it all in stride. AMAZING!!!
I hope that you had a wonderful Mother's Day.
(HUGS)

Seth said...

I thought I would check up on you since it has been a while. I noticed in your post that you mentioned Kaidence riding her bike! I can't even imagine it! I still picture her the way she did when we had beds next to each other...I guess that was a long time ago wasn't it? It doesn't seem like it. Anyway, I'm so glad to see good news and that you're able to stay out of the hospital for a while. I hope it all continues to go well!
--Shannon

Mimi said...

PNEUMONIA?? What???

Goodness miss Kaidence! I am so glad she is doing better. That is a good tip for keeping her cool. If....when Mia gets a fever I will do that.

Hope see is fever free soon!!

♥ Michele ♥ said...

Just checking in on you....glad to see things ended up good for cutie Kaidence. You are a trooper.....getting up every 1 1/2 hours.....tough stuff! Thinking about you often.....take care.