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hermatocrit is low, he doesn't have a high number white blood cells (which you would expect to increase to fight infection), his esophagus is not inflamed, and they are not getting a large amount of secretions when they suction his breathing tube. They are putting antibiotic ointment on his heel, which has an IV chemical burn, and he's getting the same ointment dabbed inside his nose to clear up his sinuses. The ointment is just like Neosporin ... which I swore I would not use on my kids because it's sissy juice. Calder has me breaking a lot of my preconceived parenting rules. Because Calder is still a surgery candidate they are also giving him an IV antibiotic, which they hope will reduce the staph count on his skin and thus reduce the chance of an infection if they have to do surgery.
So far, they've found the staph both on his skin (in his wound), in his mucous and on his ET tube. They sent another culture to the lab this morning to see whether it's in his blood.
Taryn got to do a bit of mouth care on the little guy today...very nice technique. (video to come, if Blogger let's us!)
Thursday's echo showed that his PDA had increased in size from 1.7 to about 3. But because he is still clinically "stable," they aren't rushing to perform the ligation. They also want to see whether the antibiotics have any effect; if an infection is present, it could be causing dilation of blood vessels as well, so taking care of any infection may also have a positive effect on the PDA. To give the antibiotics time to work, the next echo is scheduled for Monday.