|Sleeping in his hospital room|
Once we arrived, they automatically had to rule out sepsis (apparently, this is what they do for every infant under the age of 6 months who comes in with signs of infection.) Unfortunately, this included a barrage of tests- blood testing, spinal tap, urine analysis, chest xrays and setting an IV (which is absolutely horrible.) They blew 3 veins before they were able to get one to set. Because of his shunt, they went ahead and got head xrays and did a CT scan to make sure the shunt was intact and functioning properly.
We waited for results. The CT scans and xrays showed the shunt was OK. His white blood cell count indicated he was fighting an infection. Thankfully, the spinal tap showed no organisms in his spinal fluid.
|Infection on his shunt site|
Overnight, the swollen incision started to drain. It almost immediately caused the redness to start to disappear. I had high hopes that it was only a bad skin infection, and wouldn't affect the shunt. However, we still needed to talk to the specialists to see what they thought.
|Our sweet angel|
My heart sunk to the floor.
Not only is he going to have his shunt removed, but he is going to need a temporary one put in place and have it removed after a week of antibiotics. Once he is completely infection free, they will remove the temporary shunt and put in his permanent one- on the other side of his head. :(
When will this baby boy get a BREAK?!? I'm just so sad for him right now.
It looks like we will be in the hospital for another 10-14 days at the least. Just when I thought we were done with this place... we're back again. We're ready to be home for good. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers that we will make it home ASAP.