Sunday, October 20, 2013

Caleb's Supplies

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Caleb gets a package!

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Sorry, not Legos this time!

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Three times a day, Caleb gets his antibiotic through his PICC. As soon as he finishes with one, I get the supplies ready for the next one. (The antibiotic has to be at room temperature, and we are instructed to take one ball out when the other is used.) The saline syringes are for flushing his line before and after the antibiotic is administered. The alcohol pads are used between the flushes, infusion ball, and the green catheter cap that goes on at the end to provide protection from contaminants. We were familiar with a lot of this because we do a lot of our own health care for our farm critters.

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The infusion balls are metered to give 100mL per hour. A thick air-filled ball pushes the antibiotic into his PICC. We've been timing it. It takes anywhere from 25 minutes to 55 minutes to administer the full dose. The ball on the left is empty. The yellow air chamber is deflated around the tube. The one on the right is full.

We are very thankful to the Lord for modern technology and antibiotics!

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.