Repair surgery #3 was scheduled for Thursday morning, instead we found ourselves in the ER with a fever and a cough..
Let's rewind to Tuesday evening...Clay's in the bathtub, playing with his lil rubber ducky and he squeezes...squirtttttt, out comes the water and shoots directly into his trach...I swear, it could not happen again if we tried. He coughed and I suctioned, all was well and we went to bed. Through the night, he started coughing and continued more into Wednesday. His secretions were never thick or green or anything, so we weren't too concerned but still watching for more symptoms. Sure enough, through the night Wednesday he continued coughing and a fever spiked, respiratory rate and heart rate was high and his oxygen levels lingered in high 80s-low 90s. So we headed to the ER to see what was going on and surgery was postponed.
We're still not conclusive on the cause but I suspect that daggone ducky water irritated Clay's airway or something...Or maybe it's a regular old cold...We're waiting on blood cultures to be sure. Antibiotics were given too, just incase it is bacterial.
His cough is dry and sounds croup-y...one of those painful kinds that is pitiful. But he's been wearing a humidified trach collar and that seems to be loosening things up and his cough is much better today. His lungs sound good and clear and he seems to be feeling much better since his fever is gone, too.
We've moved from the PICU to a regular room today and have been told they want to keep us here until surgery day, which sounds like may happen next Tuesday or Thursday.
So, it's gonna be a long couple of weeks, but our spirits are high and we will just do what we gotta do! Everything happens for a reason, that's what I believe!