Hana still has a fever. It’s come down with Tylenol but then it creeps back up. Hana’s respiration rate has been rather fast, her heart rate a little higher and her blood pressure has been low. For her blood pressure they are removing the clonidine patch and holding her carvedilol and enalapril for several hours.
Now the question is why she has a fever. It is a diagnosis of exclusion by checking everything they can think of. Her urine culture hasn’t started growing bacteria, they haven’t heard about an infected PICC line, they will do a CT scan today to check her Berlin Heart for abscesses, they are checking for skin break down or anything going on in her ears, mouth, diaper area. They are contemplating a drug fever. They will do an echocardiogram to check the right side of her heart and do a BNP test (blood drawl) to check her heart failure. It could be, although unlikely, a heart failure fever.
This makes me want to cry – a lot. It feels very scary. There is so much that is unknown, but I guess that is how life can be. I’m glad my mom is still here. Paul and I both agree that we don’t know what we would do without her.
Thank you to everyone! I don’t always get a chance to respond every time someone reaches out but we are very appreciative.