Bright and early Wednesday morning Lily and I headed to the Cardiac Clinic in Washington DC. The team did a full work up on Lily, and we were there the entire day. At 4pm, the results of Lily's blood panel came back and I was informed that Lily had Hyponatremia. Hyponatremia is an electrolyte disturbance in which the sodium in the plasma becomes lower than normal. Lily's sodium level was so low and dangerous that she was immediately admitted to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. When sodium levels in the blood become excessively low, excess water enters the brain cells and the cells swell. The result can be seizures, coma, and even death.
An IV was placed, and a sodium drip was started. The doctors checked Lily's sodium levels regularly since a rapid increase in sodium can be just as dangerous. Over the next 24 hours Lily's levels went up and down, but clearly she was feeling MUCH better!
Nurse Lee gave Lily his Magical Name Badge that opens all of the
doors on the CICU. Here Lily is checking out the
Equipment Storage Room!
Since this was an impromptu hospital stay,
I didn't have my bag of tricks with me.
Have no fear, Nurse Lee is here!!!
Arterial Line, Med Line, Heparin, and Morphine
stickers can be oh so much fun!
Our family was together in the CICU for Thanksgiving!
Here the "bigs" were treating Mackenzie.
They gave her oxygen, placed a 'straw' IV, and bandaged her shot.
I am so glad that all of my girls have Papa's GREAT
imagination...these girl's will go places...mark my words!
Will the real Lily Grace please stand up?
Many people have asked me how this hyponatremia happened to Lily. The doctors believe it is a combination of the massive amounts of diuretics that Lily needs in order to battle the fluid from her Protein Losing Enteropathy, and the fact that she had the "common cold" over the past two weeks. In order to get Lily's sodium up, the team decided to hold her Lasix, one of her three diuretics. Unfortunately, Lily is now supper puffy and retaining fluids. She received a dose of IV Lasix last night, and a dose of IV Diuril today but she still remains very puffy. Lily has been transferred to the Heart and Kidney Unit, where they are trying to find a balance between keeping her sodium up and keeping her puffiness down. This is proving to be very difficult right now.
So, in the meantime, Lily has eaten 8, yes EIGHT, bags of these
chips since Wednesday night. I'm a bit jealous.
I know what it is to be in need,
and I know what it is to have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being content
in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry,
whether living in plenty or in want.