Saturday, July 23, 2011

Do you know what this means?

Yes we are at the hospital, INOVA Fairfax.  I brought Brayden in yesterday late afternoon.  After a day of back and forth with the pediatrician's office and the GI office, the GI doctor found it would be best to bring Brayden in for some "gut rest".  The idea is that his GI system needs a break.  So nothing is put in him other than by IV...fluids and medications.  The difficult part of this is being on the ketogenic diet.  The ketogenic diet does not allow for any sugars/carbs in any way shape or form.  IV fluids usually include dextrose and saline.  The dextrose is a sugar.  Brayden can only be on saline.  Saline cannot sustain someone for very long...possibly not long enough for a good amount of "gut rest".  They are monitoring his blood glucose to make sure it does not dip down too low because of only being on saline.
An abdominal xray was done, as well as blood work.  We have not heard much about that so I assume everything is fine.

Brayden is still gagging/retching...we will see what happens as the day goes on.

This little arm wrap, a pediatric "No-No" is to protect the IV site...especially on Brayden.  We always ask for lines to be on his right arm because sucking his left hand is his only way to comfort himself.  Inevitably the best site ends up being in his left arm.  He is not happy about the "No-No" because he cannot get to his hand and ends up banging himself in the face.

4 comments:

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

So sorry to hear you are in the hospital. Praying the time there will give Brayden's body the rest that it needs. Also, praying the docs are able to come up with some answers to what has been causing the vomiting.

Shannon said...

We are praying for you. I hope his little body can get some rest. Please let us know if you need anything. We are close by. :)

Junior said...

so sorry to hear you are in the hospital. Lots of prayers.

TherExtras said...

Sending my thoughts that his gut will heal soon and the medical staff will play a part in the healing. Barbara