Thursday, February 1, 2007

Our boy almost died........

Just as I was posting this yesterday I was paged back to the PICU. Andy and I were met at the door by a social worker, who told us that Rhett had coded just afer we left. She prepared us for what we were going to see, and took us back. They had quit doing chest compressions on him, and had him intubated, they had gotten his heartrate back, and he seemed stable. The doctor came up to me and told me that he was pretty sure that Rhett had recieved 13x the amount of pain medication than he should have. Because of this he stopped breathing and his heartrate went to 30. His nurse was right there when it happened, and he was down for less than a minute, however they did have to do chest compressions for 2 minutes to get his heartrate stable.

His left lung collapsed, it has re-inflated, but he is still wet in his lungs. We had just finished feeding him a bottle of pediasure right before he crashed and he threw up and aspirated it into his lungs, which caused a little of an aspiration pnmounia. We are still on the vent today and he is irritated with that. They don't want to sedate him, because they want to watch him to see how he responds. Obviously they are worried about brain damage. All I want is my little boy back. He is the happiest sweetest thing you will ever meet. I can't belive that this happened. This mistake slid by 2 nurses. The one who gave it to him, and the one who checked it. I always thought of the PICU as a safe place, and now I want to throw up everytime I walk in there.

When they did the compressions on his chest it may have damaged his surgical wound, as they did them right over the incision. So if he recovers from all of this we may have to come back up and have it done again. How am I supposed to do that? I just want out of this place, and to never come back again. Andy was going to go back to work last night till all of this happened, and now he has lost his job. Thank goodness for all of the wonderful friends that we have and the outreach of support that we have had. I love all of them dearly. Well I better get back to my little guy, and I will update later.

9 comments:

Laura & Ryan said...

Pam,
I am so sorry you are going thru this. We will keep you, Rhett, and your whole family in our thoughts and prayers.

LauraQ (T21 Online)

Rebecca said...

I can't even imagine what you are going through. My heart goes out to you and husband, and to Rhett of course. I hope your next post brings better news. I know everyone is keeping you all in their thoughts and prayers.

Hugs. Rebecca and Elainah.

jennifer said...

I don't know what to say...

I want your little boy back, too. That is what I will pray for.

Our thoughts and hopes and strength is with you.

Mauzy said...

Our thoughts and prayers continue, and we hope some of the money from your T21 friends helps a bit at the time of need, financially. Emotionally, I just can't fathom all you both are going through.

I have also researched the hernia issue a bit so when things settle down email me. Hugs,

Jan and Nash

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry you are going through all this. I cannot believe the way this is going and have tears reading this post. We are keeping Rhett and family in our thoughts and prayers.
With love, Jennifer and Brady W.(T21 online)

Bennetts said...

Pam and Andy,
Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you all and praying that Rhett is home soon.

mum2brady said...

Pam - keeping you guys in our thoughts and prayers. I am still in shock that this happened :(

Rose should be bringing up a surprise from Tammy and I, either today or tomorrow - hope it helps!!!

Give your sweet boy some smooches for us...

Katrina said...

Oh Pam, I read about Rhett's nurse's mistake on the T21 board yesterday and my heart just sank for you guys. I will keep your sweet boy in my prayers that he recovers fully and is able to come home soon.

HUGS,
Katrina & Brant (T21)

Michelle - Elliot's momma said...

Oh Pam. I keep going to your posts and looking at Rhett’s photos on T21. I continue to ask God to help all of you. I so wish that I wasn’t here in Nebraska. I want to be with Rhett and you. We lit a candle on Rhett’s behalf at our Cathedral. Words cannot express my sadness and I simply cannot envision just how you feel. You know, Pam, I just feel this connection to you and to Rhett, to his sweet smile and to your kind heart. I know that this will end for you soon and wee Rhett will be home where he belongs. My heart is with all of you!

Hugs,
Michelle and Elliot (from T21)