July 31st update

9:30 a.m. Another post, another day. Day 7 in the hospital. Bennett continued with the fever last night so at midnight they gave him an antibiotic called meropenem. He is still getting the anti-nausea med and this has been working. He is still on the morphine drip and taking benadryl for the itching. He is still on TPN (total parenteral nutrition) bags of vitamins/fats. At 8:30 a.m. his fever had gone down to 99.4! Yeah! They went ahead though and gave him another dose of the antibiotic meropenem. They did a CBC blood test and electrolytes test this a.m.; waiting to hear results. He is still sleeping so not sure yet how he feels. Thank you for all your comments, thoughts and prayers as we are blessed with a huge support system!

2:30 p.m. Bennett and I was pleasantly surprised with Sid and Hamilton coming up this morning. It was so good to see them plus Hamilton and I went out and ate lunch while Sid stayed with Bennett. It was the best food I have had in a week! Bennett has a temp at 101.3, he just got Tylenol. They will continue to give him the antibiotic meropenem until the blood culture comes back negative. It takes 48 hours to get back the first test not 24 which will be tomorrow now. He has been trying to sleep today, he didn’t feel like visiting with his Dad/brother. They just started him on an iv antibiotic, fluconazole to clear up the white stuff in his mouth which he has thrush too besides mucositis. The biggest sores are on the sides of his cheeks right where his braces are so I am sure the braces are cutting into the sores. The CBC blood test and electrolytes test came back good. His ANC is 1,121. Here is a pic of Hamilton in front of a water fall close by the hospital. All the flowers were so beautiful!

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5:00 p.m. At 3:30, Bennett’s fever broke, he became very sweating and his temp went down to 99.7! Amen! He got up and got a sponge bath and new clothes. The morphine is really making him itchy. He is taking benadryl for this so they are looking at maybe trying another med. The nurse is de-accessing and re-accessing the needle in his port, you have to change it weekly. He has been awake looking through magazines his Dad brought him and watching TV for the last hour & 1/2.

9:00 p.m. Bennett’s still awake, He is feeling some better. His temp is now 98.2!  WOW! He has been sitting up in his bed, watching the Cardinal game, taking pictures on his camera, playing on his laptop and talking! 

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Posted by Cindy on July 31st, 2007 in Updates | 5 Comments

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  1. AUNT ANNETTE said on July 31st, 2007: 1:44 pm

    Bennett—- We are praying for you to get better real soon–We love YOU–hang in there!

  2. Jody Kimmel said on July 31st, 2007: 2:46 pm

    Bennett.
    I am hoping and praying that soon you will be feeling much better. Mouth sores are not fun, but hang in there and they too hopefully will go away. I know you are getting sick of the hospital, but as for now it is probably the best place to be. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily……think about you and your mom all the time. Take care and God bless!

  3. Uncle Brian said on July 31st, 2007: 4:11 pm

    So glad to hear your fever broke finally. Hopefully you’ll get to go home soon to your own bed. You all are in our prayers daily. You are such a strong young man. Keep up the good fight. We love you!!!

  4. Jacki said on July 31st, 2007: 5:41 pm

    Bennett and Cindy,
    I am so glad to hear that the fever broke earlier today. I know that you are both exhausted and I pray that you will be home very soon. So glad you got to see Sid and Hamilton today! Cindy- If you need anything, please call me. I would be more than happy to help out in any way I can.

  5. AUNT ANNETTE said on August 1st, 2007: 7:28 am

    Bennett we are soooo very thankful you are better—-our hearts break when you are sick!! Love you—looking for another good report today!

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