Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Prayers for Stellan and Dakota

Stellan is still in the hospital, but no longer in the PICU, he was moved to a normal room, after spending 3 weeks in the PICU. Since getting a new Dr, the meds are working, but he is still having SVT episodes. He has to go 72 hours w/o ANY SVT episodes, before he can go home.
Dakota went home from the hospital Saturday afternoon. She will continue to get her TPN feedings through her PICC line. She is doing MUCH better now that she has fluids in her, and is feeling good.

Both of these sweet babies need prayers as they are both having small procedures to put in more permanent IV lines tomorrow morning.

Stellan is having a Broviac catheter put in (It's a very permanent central line that goes right into his heart and is typically placed in the chest, with a tube going under his skin from the heart to the exit location.). Stellan has also been taken off all IV meds and is only on oral meds. However, if the oral meds don't work by the end of the week, then he will be transported to Boston Children's hospital to have an ablation surgery. This surgery is VERY risky in infants.
Stellan continues to be in SVT, as his heartrate is in the high 200's.

Dakota is having a PICC line put in. (A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC or PIC line) is a form of intravenous access that can be used for a prolonged period of time, put into the upper arms area). Through the PICC line she will start getting TPN ( being fed through the IV, rather than eating or using liquid formula).
Dakota was taken to the ER last night because her heartrate was VERY low, in the low 60's. She has also been feeling bad for the past few months, and having a hard time taking her g-tube feeds (feeding tube through her stomach). She has become very lethargic recently, and is not acting like herself.

Please keep both these babies in your prayers tonight and tomorrow. Please also be in prayer for their families. Stellan is going into day 17 in the PICU and this is Dakota's 3rd hospitalization in 6 weeks.
You can find more info and the latest updates of both of their blogs. Just click their names and it will take you there.

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