After a second pimple showed up on Charlie’s arm today, blood tests confirmed that our little guy has MRSA. Personally, I’ve never heard of it but apparently it’s pretty well-known. Here’s the run down:
1. MRSA is a staph infection that is not treatable with normal antibiotics
2. there are two known antibiotics that are shown to be effective against MRSA, and Charlie is on them right now
3. MRSA is extremely contagious; therefore, Charlie will be quarantined for the rest of his stay in the hospital.
4. MRSA is a very common bacterium that lots of healthy people carry; it’s only a problem if it spreads internally; it is now in Charlie’s bloodstream.
5. Annaleigh and Lily are being tested for MRSA, just in case any of us touched Charlie and then accidently carried it to either of them (we wash between babies, but you never know what can happen).
So at this point (11:03 pm) all we really know is that everyone is optimistic that this was caught in time to be able to combat. Charlie was started on the antibiotics as a precaution two days ago when his central PIC line came out. Remember, it caused some swelling and redness in his arm, and yesterday he had a pimple (which is a sign of MRSA). The guess is that the PIC line is what enabled the bacteria to get into his body in the first place. It’s unfortunate and inconvenient and unfair and frustrating, but he should be able to pull through this without any permanent damage.
In other not so great news, Lily’s heart murmur has grown to the point that Dr. Hiatt decided to start her on a second round of medicine for it (the first was ineffective). The medicine is given over three days, and during that time she won’t be able to eat. She gets all the nutrition and calories she needs via the feeding tube, but it is disheartening that her ductus valve hasn’t closed on its own. Like Charlie’s infection, this should be treatable without any lasting harm.
The only bright spot was that Annaleigh briefly opened both her eyes today. It was just a short moment, but it was beautiful to see them both (finally).
I’m sorry this is so short and lacking details, but we’re both wiped. I’ll post more info tomorrow, I promise!
Annaleigh has looked very comfy and content lately
You can see how giant Charlie's pimple was today. Imagine the biggest, most annoying pimple you've ever had and then put it onto a two-pound baby's arm. When I took this picture, though, he was high as a kite on pain-killers-- Charlie was very peaceful in his own little wonderland!
Lily Bug just loves to cuddle with her blankets. For the record, Brooke saw this picture and already called dibs on sleeping with this blanket when it comes home for washing.