Tyson's Brave Battalion

Tyson's Brave Battalion
Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.” ~Samuel Johnson

Friday, May 11, 2012

Bacteria in Blood, Video

Ty is feeling much better today.  We gave him Tylenol last night at about midnight and he hasn't had a fever since.  He is also walking today, I don't know if I mentioned that his hips and left leg hurt really bad yesterday and he refused to walk.  We figured that was the after effects of the Neupogen shots cause they can cause bone pain.  His stomach hurt really bad off and on yesterday too.  Last night when I put him to bed his tummy and his legs were hurting, I recorded a video of how he read his stories anyway even though he was hurting.  He is one tough little buddy.  I'll post the video below.
We got a call from the pediatrician this morning to tell us that his blood culture did grow out a gram positive bacteria cocci.  They haven't determined yet if that is a staph or a strep. I would venture to guess it is the same staph aureus that has plagued his lip but who knows?  There was another little girl up in ICS who got strep while we were there so maybe that sneaked in when they put in his picc line. Obviously the Ancef that they put him on when we were released from the hospital was not strong enough to take care of the problem.  They switched his antibiotic from Ancef back to Vancomycin so hopefully that will take care of it.  Lucky for him his ANC is high so he can still be treated for it at home.  Kind of scary for us...we watched and worried last night as his fever went back up after he was in bed.  It got up to 104.1. That's when we gave him the tylenol.
The bad news is his ANC (that is the number they use to determine your ability to fight off infection) is already dropping.  WBC 5.3 down some, ANC 2600 down quite a bit from yesterday, PLTS 106 up a little, HCT 30 same. 
The lip looks a teeny bit smaller every day.  Here is what it looks like before I put the softening cream on this morning.  It looks a lot scarier with the cream on.  Here is the video, I wanted to give you a glimpse of what a trooper he is. If the video doesn't work you can watch it HERE

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