Lucy’s central line is in and after several hours of searching for the final radiologists report, we are now able to use it! They left Lucy’s femoral line in so that they could use it during her procedure. Thank God they did because we would not have been able to feed Lucy her TPN this afternoon since we did not get approval to use her new line until 5:30 pm. Although, something tells me that they would have found the radiologists report sooner if that was the case. We chose to place a single lumen (one port) Broviac because the risk of infection and vein damage was less than if we placed a double (two ports) lumen Broviac. Dr R thought that if/when Lucy gets and infection and her need for two ports becomes necessary, then we will most likely replace the line for a two lumen Broviac. For now we are going to do our best to minimize her risk of getting an infection.
Lucy’s procedure went well, and she was in and out of the OR in just about two hours. They let me dress in scrubs and take her back to the OR to help ease her transition, I think we all appreciated that. The anesthesiology team that worked on Lucy told us that it took A LOT of Propofol to keep her still during her procedure. They wanted to get her out of the OR as soon as possible since they kept having to administer more medication. According to every anesthesiologist we have meet, apparently red heads are are difficult to put to sleep. I can attest to that as a non anesthesiologist.
Lucy was wide awake when we were reunited with her after her procedure, and she stayed wide awake until 5:20 pm, even with all of the medication she had today. Lucy is one strong willed little girl!
Just after we finally got Lucy to sleep, the residents came to us telling us that they had to pull out her femoral line. My response, “are you kidding, let’s wait until she wakes up.” I stood my ground and told them that they would have to wait for her to wake up. Their response, “she might just sleep right through it.” Thank God the resident who has been assigned to us during this admission knew enough about our girl to say, “not Lucy, she is a very light sleeper.” It was eventually agreed that Dr R would pull the line in the morning.
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, care and concern, it means the world to us!