We're also struggling to keep his feeding tube accurately placed in his stomach. His many leads prevent him from wearing the hospital's mitten-onsies and, with his fingers exposed, his comfort position of his fists near his cheeks enables his ninja-like paddy paws to pull both the cannula from his nose and the feeding tube from his stomach. And while I'm concerned about the bright red, raw color of his cheeks from the abrasion of his cannula's adhesive, the constant delivery of oxygen and his ability to stay hydrated and nourished trump the superficial irritation and have required some ingenuity with socks and careful use of A & D Ointment to address all of these concerns. I'm sincerely hoping that the socks will at the very least save him from the unnecessary discomfort and additional radiation needed to insert the feeding tube for the fourth time.
One bit of good news at this point is that the final results of the spinal tap culture came in earlier today and the doctors now know that he is not sick with bacterial meningitis as they initially feared. As illnesses of this kind of severity move incredibly quickly in babies this young, the ER doctors didn't want to loose critical days waiting for the results if the tests had been positive so they'd placed him on a multi-day course of a broad spectrum antibiotic that would kill any and everything that could possibly be making him sick. As we're now certain the cause of all of this is viral, I'm thrilled he'll be skipping the next couple doses of medication as only time will tell how his body and the good bacterial will respond to such strong antibiotics.
More to follow.