Monday, April 17, 2006

Daddy's Little Prince

It had been five days since I had actually been able to go into the isolation room with Parker. I was so excited when I gowned up this morning as I looked forward to spending some long awaited time with my son. After we walked around the room together so Parker could make sure that everything was where it should be we made our way to tummy time. Parker decided to show his daddy how he had been working on his rolling over to one side. I was so impressed with the progress he had made over the past few days I decided to show him how to finish the rollover so he could go from being on his back to him tummy. Parker was very pleased with his accomplishment, as was his daddy.

I had mentioned in the previous article that Parker was going to be starting a new antibiotic today called Pentamidine. It was to be given through an I.V. and could cause some side effects like nausea. Parker did well with the new antibiotic. He did vomit 90 minutes into the infusion but was able to complete the antibotic. At the same time the I.V. was being given to Parker, some blood was taken to get the information they needed to administer the PEG-ADA in the upcoming weeks. From the blood work done today, we did notice that Parker's neutriphils increased slightly since coming off the Septra.

Unfortunately, Parker was unable to supply enough blood from his small veins for all the of the tests that they needed to do. As a result, they will be taking more blood tomorrow. In addition to the antiobiotic that Parker receives as a precaution for PCP Pneumonia, he is regularly checked to see what his immuno globulin levels are; a form of B-cells. Parker is unable to produce B-cells but receives them through a transfusion whenever his levels decrease. Well, it appears that that time has come again and we anticipate that he will receive this transfusion tomorrow.

Nana is coming from Peterborough tomorrow for a few days. This should give my wife some needed rest over the next few days. It is much easier when you have someone in the room who can help you. Of course, Parker is also looking forward to spending some time with his Nana.


Natalie said...

Good Morning my little Princey Poo!!

I am so glad that you got to spend yesterday with both your Mommy and your Daddy! You must have had a wonderful time! I hope that you feel good today after taking your new medicine - you are such a trooper my little monkey.

Have a wonderful time with your Nana!

Auntie Natalie xoxox

coolauntiekatie said...

Hiya ParkySharks!

First off let me say how ADORABLE you look in your little Prince hat! The nurses must be fighting to see who gets to hang out with you! Anyway, don't worry about all this blood taking stuff. It's not fun...but it'll be over before you know it! The good news is, Nana's coming to hang out with you! I know you'll have an action packed FUN day!!

Love ya lots and lots!!
Auntie Kate xo

Stacia said...

Oh how handsome you are parker!!! You have a wonderful day today!!! And enjoy your visit with your nana tomorrow :)


Uncle Mikey said...

Dear Parky,
Don't you look adorable!
We're so glad you finally got to be with your daddy.
You are a tough little guy. I know how much I dislike giving blood, and you do it all the time. You're a trooper!
Miss you lots!
Love ya,
Auntie Christini and Uncle Mikey

Elizabeth said...

Hi Parker!

Wow, rolling over already? Great stuff - I am glad you got to show your daddy what you have been working on...way to go!

As always, you're looking as handsome as ever.

Love Elizabeth

nonna said...

Hey Parker,

Look at you rolling over so you can show off for your Daddy. Wow and looking mighty fine if I do say so myself.
I hope you are enjoying your visit with your Nana I know she is loving every minute.
Enjoy the rest of the day!

love you tons

Nonna & Nonno