Surgery #6 – Day 10

The drama continues…..

OK, that is a little drastic. ¬†Let me take you back to yesterday. ¬†If you will remember with me, Zack was super tired after exerting any energy. ¬†Like extremely tired. ¬†It was starting to bug me and my mama radar did not like it. ¬†The nurses had labs ordered and they came back showing that Zack’s potassium levels were critically low. ¬†I believe normal is above 3.3 mEq/L for kids. ¬†Zack’s level was 2.0.

The staff decided that Zachary needed supplementation to raise his level to a safe number. ¬†They started by giving Zack an oral dose of potassium which raised it to 2.3. ¬†That was not high enough. ¬†Next, Z was put on IV potassium infused over an hour and then an hour later labs were drawn. ¬†It rose to 2.6. ¬†Another round of IV potassium got his level to 3.0. ¬†Yay, but still considered “critical”. ¬†The next dose saw the level drop. ¬†I’m not even kidding.

Currently, Zack is hooked up to the monitors again. ¬†He is getting yet another IV bolus of potassium along with another oral dose. ¬†We have to watch his heart rate closely, but everyone thinks that it will be fine. ¬†The bigger question is why on earth his levels went down. ¬†I know I do not have the answer to that question. ¬†¬†I’ve been searching the great Google, but cannot figure that out. ¬†Hopefully the doctors will have an answer in the morning.

Other than that, Z seems to be improving.  He is eating well.  His energy was up a bit today.  He voiced his frustration of still being in the hospital.  He said it seems like it has been almost a whole week since his surgery!  Tonight he had a mini-meltdown about getting into his hospital bed and having the leads reattached.


Today we also got a call from the Ronald McDonald house saying they had a room for us. ¬†I was very excited about that and after Z’s surgeon came by to see him, I actually left my child in the hospital and went to check out of the hotel and into the RMH.

I am excited that we got a room because Z is pretty weak. ¬†He is not going to be sight-seeing in Cincinnati and Kentucky when he is discharged, ¬†However, he is still a child and sitting in the hotel with nothing to do would be a major bummer. ¬†The RMH has a playground, playroom, movies, activities and they are all right in the same building as our room. ¬†The biggest bonus of all, there will be other kids. ¬†Zack seems pretty excited about going……hopefully tomorrow….if we can get his potassium squared away.

That’s all I have for you today. ¬†I’m pooped….pun intended.

~ Dawn

1 thought on “Surgery #6 – Day 10

  1. Today would be a good day to move if Z is ready for it. It would be a big step. Hospitals are for certain sure a bummer. We’re glad they are around to help us when we need them, but get tiresome very quickly…even good ones like the one you are in. Love and hugs

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