Blood Test Result

We received another test result. One of the blood samples taken this morning grew strep in the lab…  The antibiotics she’s on will need to continue for 7-10 days to stop the infection. The nurse thinks Nora should feel a lot better in a few days. 

Still waiting on other results. I’m hoping it’s just this… But one of the doctors thinks she’s pretty sick for this to just be strep in her blood. So we shall see. 

I’m really at a loss here for what to think…  This is now the second infection, the first being the E. coli that led to the meningitis, that they tell us can just happen. And I get there are germs everywhere and obviously she doesn’t have much of an immune system…  Their best guess is that this infection is from when her PICC line was removed earlier this week, as that was the most recent interaction with her blood. How do we make sure this doesn’t happen again though??

15 thoughts on “Blood Test Result

  1. Gosh. That’s terrifying. I hate those blasted PICC lines. My mom got an infection twice when hers were removed too (she had cancer so also no properly functioning immune system). I’m so sorry this has happened and is leaving you with so much to worry about. Have you and Eric asked that question – how to be sure not to repeat this in future – of her caregivers yet? Sending you strength and keeping Nora in my prayers.

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  2. Oh my goodness…I just logged and an saw today’s events. Poor Nora, mommy and daddy. My best guess would also be the PICC site for an infection. Premies are really just so fragile, so even the slightest contamination can cause an infection.
    I’m praying for quick antibiotic action and no further infections. Sending you virtual hugs and love! xoxo

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  3. You are so brave! I know you don’t have a choice, but you’re doing a great job staying strong and focused. I can only imagine. My gorl had to have a frenulotomy today (for a minor tongue tie) which is a quick and simple procedure and I had to leave the room while they did it. I can hardly stand watching doctors examine her, let alone perform procedures. I have so much compassion and respect for you and what you ho through while Nora fights her way through the NICU. *hugs* XOXO

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    1. Oh, you are so sweet. It’s nice to hear you see me as strong, as I certainly don’t always feel it. I’m really trying though. Still breaks my heart to see Nora in pain, but I guess that’s just a sign of how much I love her 🙂

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  4. So sorry to hear of these setbacks! Your little one (and you too) have been amazingly strong throughout this, and I think of you guys a lot even though I don’t really “know” you. Always sending positive thoughts your way and hoping for time to fly by so your sweet girl can grow big enough to go home!

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