Wednesday, February 11, 2009

RSV Next Door

Our pediatrician student resident is now doing a rotation on our floor. She comes to visit us and has been working with our pediatrician to have our RSV shots administered here. This morning she dropped the hint that there is a baby next door that has RSV. I also believe there is another child somewhere on the floor who has it too. We generally don't leave our room, but occasionally walk the hallways with the boys (pre-Frankenstien surgery) to give them a change of scenery. We won't be doing that anymore.

Today we had some more student nurses coming in and out to take the boys vitals. I'm glad we were inadvertently given the heads up that there's RSV next door because several student nurses either held or worked closely with that baby before coming in to our room. I asked them to not touch my boys or lean on anything. They were all very understanding and I did talk to the Nursing teacher overseeing them today. She apologized and promised not to have any more students coming in our room, but didn't provide an explanation of why they let this potential for cross contamination happen in the first place. Thank god either I or my husband are here 24/7. The boys will be given their RSV shots and monitored for further allergic reaction to the shot sometime after Cameron's recovery on Friday.

Evan is doing a little better now that he's getting Tylenol every 4 hours. He's also being put on antibiotics because the area around the tube is still redder than the doctor would like and she's acting as a precaution. Cameron gets an IV put in tonight for tomorrow's procedure with his feeds stopped at 2am and pedialite stopped at 6am.


Kim said...


If I were you, I would at least ASK if they could 'suit up' (gown, gloves, mask) for your room just like they have to for the RSV baby rooms. I know it's a long shot, but it's worth asking (and IMO, justified because of their prematurity). I had no problem with them having to do that with M when she was admitted with RSV, because the last thing I wanted was for another baby to get it. I don't see why they wouldn't be willing to do it, unless they just wanted to be a pain. And if they aren't, then I hope the fact that they SHOULD have to FOR the kids WITH RSV is just a little bit comforting (I know it's not, though).

Heather said...

Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of your family and praying for the boys. Heather.D (nestie)