Sticks and Pokes
Unfortunately we will have to have Ashley's central line removed. It was our hope that this would not be necessary, but it must be done. Ashley's blood cultures have returned positive again this morning. She is currently battling 3 different strains of staph infection. The good news is that it has not attatched itself to the valves in her heart. So we will give thanks for that. They will be attempting to place 2 different peripheral IVs in her and then they will pull the line and schedule her for surgery Monday morning. Ashley is so very tiny that it makes it very difficult to stick her. Her veins are small and they do not hold IVs well. My prayer is that they will be able to get them in quickly and as painlessly as possible for her. Then I pray that she will not have either of them "blow" before her time in the OR on Monday. They have agreed to give her a little sedation before beginning the attempts at placing them. I am so thankful for this. I hope she will not be aware of what they are doing to her. They tell me that this current line has been in for a long time. It was placed during her transplant 3 months ago. It seems like such a short time compared to the 14 months we kept her original line. How unreal it is to us that she is still requiring a central line. Our hope had been that she would be off of TPN quickly post transplant and that our days of line care would have ended. 3 months post transplant and her only source of nutrition continues to be TPN the very thing that caused our need for transplant in the first place. The good news is that we know her new organs work when we use them. If only we could get her to a place where she is infection free so that we might begin to work on her feeds once again. Today is a tough one, and Monday will be very stressful for me. Not only will Dave and the kids be leaving, but Ashley will also go into surgery. I dread sitting in the waiting room alone. As I sit and type I am reminded of the verse that tells me (paraphrased in my own understanding, " That He who begins a good work in Ashley will see it through until the day He completes it." I know this too must be in His plan for my sweet Ashley Kate.
Please pray for her as she must endure several sticks and pokes today. I thank you in advance for your prayers on my daughter's behalf. Much love, Trish