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To Discharge or Not to Discharge

Posted Dec 18 2011 1:09am

Caden continues to improve. He has been fever free since Thursday when they began treating him for pneumonia and his need for oxygen during wake hours in decreasing. However we are proceeding with caution. Caden is still on two separate IV antibiotics and neither of them comes in an oral form. So a discharge will require us to change to a different antibiotic. Given Caden’s improvement and conversations with the doctors today we do expect to get offered a discharge some time Sunday. That puts us in a position of weighing risks. Normally we would be jumping for the door, but this time we may ask for another day here on the high powered drugs.

We have some concerns about jumping the gun with discharge. With Caden having multiple things going on with his little body including a broken arm, sinus infection, and pneumonia, we want to give him every possible chance to continue to heal and to make it through the holidays at home with his family. It is a bitter sweet Christmas for our family with this being the first one without Sherry’s mom . Certainly grandma is rejoicing with the King, but we continue Earth bound in this short life not knowing what we are missing. We will fight the grief that will certainly surface and try to remember the joy that Grandma is experiencing. As selfish as it may sound we want to do that together at home.

Caden is still weak and daily complaining of pain with his arm. The healing from the surgery (8 days ago) in that area of his arm and the lack of quality sleep caused by that pain as well as secretions from the sinus infection leads us to believe that he may have a harder time recovering from this round of pneumonia due to lower reserves.

Please pray for Caden’s continued healing. Also pray for Sherry and I to have discernment and clarity in communicating our concerns with the doctors.


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