Ashley's Story

She will leave fingerprints all over your heart


Gut Bug?

We have an id on the bacteria growing in Ash's central line. Its a bug she's never had before. We had to look it up to try and figure out what it was and where it came from. In all the literature I can find it looks as though its a gut bug. That means it is commonly found and grows inside the guts(bowels) of humans. What does any of this even mean?


I'm not sure on the length and course of treatment for it since its a new one for us.

I'm not sure how she could even get an infection from her gut since she technically doesn't even HAVE one. She only has approximately 2 inches of bowel inside of her.

It's pretty evident that the bug translocated from inside those two inches and found its way into the central line catheter that is inside of her.

It gets more interesting all the time!

In addition to all of this...we've lost blood return for the 3 time in less than a week in the central line. Its a very hard flush this afternoon as well. I don't know what else to think except that her central line is getting old and worn out. We've never encountered a clotted line this many times in such a short period of time. Usually we get months and months between. What it boils down to is this...without the continued use of her line we will essentially be out of time. Something I hate to even consider. I'm hoping for return of function today.

So we are battling gut bugs and damaged central lines. Not a lot of fun in our world today:(

But...she's still giggling:)


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