Sunday, April 3, 2011

Still Going Strong.

Isaiah and Angel are both doing well this morning.

Here is a video from last night. You can here the Ocsilllating ventilator in the backround. It is very loud and pulsating.

The Doctors did get a PICC line in last night or early this morning.

What is a PICC line and what is it's purpose?

A PICC line is, by definition and per its acronym, a peripherally inserted central catheter. It is long, slender, small, flexible tube that is inserted into a peripheral vein, typically in the upper arm, and advanced until the catheter tip terminates in a large vein in the chest near the heart to obtain intravenous access.

A PICC line provides the best of both worlds concerning venous access. Similar to a standard IV, it is inserted in the arm, and usually in the upper arm under the benefits of ultrasound visualization. Also, PICCs differ from peripheral IV access but similar to central lines in that a PICCs termination point is centrally located in the body allowing for treatment that could not be obtained from standard periphery IV access.

Using ultrasound technology to visualize a deep, large vessel in the upper arm, the PICC catheter is inserted by a specially trained and certified PICC nurse specialist. Post insertion at the bedside, a chest x-ray is obtained to confirm ideal placement. The entire procedure is done in the patient�s room decreasing discomfort, transportation, and loss of nursing care.

A PICC line was given to Isaiah for these treatment options which include some of the following:

-Prolonged IV antibiotic treatment;
-IV access obtainable by less invasive and longer lasting methods;
-Multiple accesses obtainable with one access line;
-TPN Nutrition;

They are giving him more pain medicines this morning as these babies tend to wake and want to fight the tube. They want them to remain still and stable. His blood gas looked again great. They did an echio (test by ultrasound) of his heart and it looks great as well. He is on 35 for oxygen which means he isn't getting much extra oxygen at all. Room air oxygen is 21.

Here is a picture Angel took on her cell phone of Isaiah this morning.

Please pray for Isaiah.


1 comment:

  1. Isaiah KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT! Sis im so very proud of you for all your hard work! Keep taking care of your self so you can be here for your little one that is doing so well! Proud of you both! I will continue to pray for the both of you! GOD IS GOOD!