Sunday, October 12, 2008

Eleven O'clock...

I was getting Rickie's meds ready again tonight for his eleven o'clock dose...just thought I'd show you what he is on.

The big syringe is Ceftazidime and I have to push that in...ideally taking 5 minutes.
The baby bottle looking antibiotic is call Gentamicin and that takes around 30 minutes to infuse.

When he was hospitalized this time the Physical Therapist taught Rickie to huff..a different way to cough to loosen and get out his mucus. I was so proud of him because he "got it".

When Rickie was hospitalized in the past...he totally freaked out during blood draws. Normally they can draw blood from his port. They can't when he's on gentamicin because it would give them a wrong reading for his trough and peaks. I probably spelled that wrong for you medical people out there! Anyway, this time when they had to draw blood he just put his arm out and watched and didn't make a sound! I was so amazed! I'm not kidding it would take at least three adults to hold him down and one to draw blood...all the while he's screaming. So for him to totally do that was amazing!

They also added more medication to his everyday schedule...Rickie takes it all in stride...he says to me--"Mommy, I'm just a normal boy." And that's how he wants people to see him.

Good night! :)


Rhonda said...

Wow! What a trooper!

RBK's Realm said...

My heart goes out to this amazing child! I second Rhonda -truly what a trooper!

And this was really educational.

Thank you!

Kritta22 said...

What a great mom you are!
You are amazing!

Alicia said...
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Alicia said...

So great to hear Rickie getting brave about blood draws. I'm proud of Samantha because she has finally embraced the Aero Chamber-it always freaked her out being next to her face. So treatments have become simpler to me. I hope Rickie fully recuperates quickly, and that this was it for this flu season!