Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Well, we arrived at the hospital at 8:00 a.m. and went to the new PICC center which was very nice. After all of the initial vital checks and being hooked up to all of the monitors the staff attempted to insert Ben's IV. Unfortunately, because he has little veins and has been fasting since the previous evening they had a very difficult time getting an IV in. After a couple of attempts the doctor finally got the needle inserted. David and I went out to the waiting room but shortly thereafter one of the doctor's came out to let me know that there was a problem with the first IV and they needed to attempt to get a new one in before the spinal tap could proceed. He let me know that I shouldn't worry but the procedure would likely take a little longer than usual. Well it took much longer. Poor Ben had another IV put in but that one didn't hold either. The good news is that they were able to complete the spinal tap. The bad news is that we need to go back tomorrow for a blood draw and Vincristine as they were unable to take care of either one. Ben took an extremely long time to wake up today but is feeling pretty good now. He is sore and tired but otherwise in reasonably good spirits. I must also note that for being at the hospital for about 6 hours needing to be quiet and calm David was amazingly well behaved. You wouldn't have known he was there if you didn't see him. We have two fantastic boys!