Friday, August 8, 2014

New Meds...(a post from Patrick's blog)

New Meds...

Kami and I were supposed to have left yesterday (Thursday) at 5:30 a.m. to drive to her doctor appointment in Brooksville. (3 hours away)  However, on Wednesday night, we heard the sound of throwing up from Callie's bedroom.  Shortly thereafter, we heard Silas.  It was after several rounds of vomiting, that we realized I needed to stay home with the kids.
Joshua volunteered to drive Momma to her appointment the next morning.  It turned out to be an all-day affair and Kami & Josh finally made it back home at 5 p.m.  I am so proud of Josh and he did a great job of taking care of Momma who had spent the entire night dealing with sick kids.
Elisabeth, Brenna, & I spent the day cleaning, washing, and disinfecting!!!
Kami returned with new meds...not just any meds...but the meds that had caused the severe, adverse reaction that sent her to the ER the last time she was given this.  The doctor was concerned that Kami has had the PICC line for 8 weeks now and hasn't seen a dramatic improvement.  So she asked Kami if she would be willing to try the Vancomyacin again.  Kami and I had already spoken about this and we agreed that if we had another opportunity to try this medication again, we would do it.  We noticed a major improvement after the last time she was given just one dose of Vancomyacin after the bad reaction had ceased.

The doctor doubled the dosage for her to take.  This is a 5-day supply!  It took us 3 1/2 hours to administer the first dose last night!  Kami has to take Benadryl before, during and after the IV treatment, which knocked her out!  We will have to do this 3 1/2 -hour treatment twice per day.  That's 7 hours of IV treatment per day for the next couple of weeks.  But praise the Lord, no ER trip last night!!!

This is Kami's other medications that she must take as well.  Some are vitamins, others antibiotics, meds for nausea, meds for her thyroid & pain medications. 
Kami has been getting her IV meds for almost 2 hours now as I type this post.  She is itching and we stopped the meds for a few minutes to allow the Benadryl to kick in.  Once the itching subsides, we continue again.  So far, she has not had any severe pain and we are thankful.
Please pray along with us that the Vancomyacin will work!


  1. Praise God for no bad reactions. I will continue to pray. x

  2. Will be praying especially during these next few days.

  3. Seven hours a day hooked up to an iv while watching for an allergic reaction calls for lots of prayer and you're getting it from me and my family. We pray that you will fell improvement with this medication. Big hugs!!!

  4. I just read Patrick's post about your older kids musical and preaching accomplishments. Congratulations to all three of them!!! I'd love it if you or Patrick could share a video of them singing sometime. Gulfcoast Baptist is my dad and stepmom's home church. I've been there a number of times with them when I have been down there. It's a small world. :)