Life is so busy right now, and the days just seem to fly by.
Between doctor visits (and there are so many of those these days!), to caring for tiny P, who is unwell, and trying to spend as much quality time as I can with my other two to meet those needs, it just seems that the day is over far too quickly!
Tiny P was in the hospital again last week. She had just been getting more and more swollen, and her bloodwork was showing her albumin get lower and lower…we had been keeping in touch daily with her transplant cardiologist, and had been adding extra doses of diuretics, but eventually those extra doses weren’t working.
Paisley has protein losing enteropathy (PLE), and even though it is always there, lurking in the background, we have managed to keep it under control and keep tiny P out of the hospital for months.
PLE is a terrible disease…there is not much known about PLE, only that there is no cure, it is always deadly, and the only cure is a heart transplant.
For now, while we wait for a heart, tiny P is treated with albumin infusions, and IV diuretics, until her albumin levels go up enough to raise her protein levels
Sometimes this process of getting our baby stable takes a few days, sometimes it takes a week.
This time, because we had already been giving her extra diuretics, and we took her in right away, it only took four days, with six albumin infusions.
Tiny P handles being in the hospital so well… she is well-loved among all the nurses and doctors, and they bring her all the chocolate milk she wants and spoil her with stickers and toys. She watches Frozen over and over and over, and refuses to watch anything else, and we humor her because she is sick, and hurting.
Her IVs never last long, because she is so puffy, and they hurt all the time, but when they go, they are incredibly painful. Poor baby has trouble moving her IV arm for a few days after it comes out.
But still she smiles. She laughs and talks, and loves to go on wagon rides around the halls to “visit friends.”
We are so thankful for the care and love she receives at Children’s…and we feel beyond blessed that our daughter can get the care she needs.
But we also love LOVE it when our girl is home, with her family, where she belongs. This seems to be the season for all of the things, so we are hunkering down at home, and trying to keep the germs out and our baby home!