Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lucy Kate Update XVII

Lucy has been in the hospital again for five days now and her work of breathing and heart rate has improved with more management of medicine. She was initially admitted to treat the minor to moderate effusions around her lungs with IV diuretics, but those were unsuccessful to remove the excess fluid. She is now receiving more chloride, which helps her Nasojejunal (NJ) Tube diuretics work more effectively. Her dosage of Atenolol, which helps her cardiac function, hypertension and heart rate, was nearly doubled.

The buildup of fluid could be due to inflammation, but the it's hard to say and the doctors are still unsure. It's something she can live with for the time being as long as it doesn't get worse and she continues to comfortably tolerate it. Lucy will be discharged from the hospital today, so she can get back home to play on the couch and floor, right where she wants to be.

4 comments:

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

glad you get to go home and i hope the new medicines and dosages will do the trick!!! hopefully any swelling and inflammation that might be causing the fluid buildup will go away soon!!!

sara p said...

i will continue to keep lucy in my prayers, how wonderful it will be to have her home agian:)

Rich said...

Wonderful,wonderful news..that makes our day! Little Lu Lu going home. Our prayers for her..that she will continue to feel better and get bigger and stronger each day. Give her hugs and kisses for us. She's such a precious baby. She melts our hearts..plus everybody's else's! Love you Little Lucy Kate..

A Sweet Day in the Life of J said...

Lu Bug, you are a fighter. You make the rest of us look weak! Congrats on going home :)