I can't believe that it has been 3 whole weeks since Zoe was born! On one hand, it seems like we have been in this hospital forever... but on the other, it hardly feels like 3 weeks has really passed.
We'll start with the good news! Sensitivity testing came back and Zoe has been switched to the antibiotic Ancef, which will aggressively tackle her infection for 8 days intravenously. After 8 days, they will reevaluate whether she needs to continue treatment with oral antibiotics.
The not so good news is that the peripheral IV site that she had in her foot went bad today. After two pediatric nurses and an IV specialist attempting several lines, it took a NICU nurse to start a line on her scalp. It looks much worse than it is! Besides, nothing beats seeing her tiny chest open for 4 days. The only problem is that with the intense antibiotics and regular lab draws, the scalp IV isn't very dependable as it could go bad anytime. We can't take the risk that it might not last, especially when she is covered in bruises and old IV sites. The only solution is to put in a PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) line, which is a long term accessible IV that runs through a vein in her arm and into the Superior Vena Cava vessel. The nice part about the PICC line is that they can draw blood and give medications through it. No more pokes! The only bummer is that she will have to be sedated for them to insert the line. At least she won't be in any discomfort and puts us one step closer to her being healthy enough to go home!
I'm trying not to get my hopes up... but wouldn't it be such a sweet treat to spend Mother's Day with my husband and two beautiful girls in our very own home? Okay... it's true. I do have my hopes up. But hey, right now... my days depend on hope!