Tuesday, August 29 pm

Leo's adventures continue today. We learned that he has developed a staph infection which has to be treated. This latest bump in the road will delay his ability to receive a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) line. This type of catheter will be beneficial in avoiding the placement of many peripheral IV lines in his arms and legs. However, we will have to wait 48 hours after a negative blood culture in order to proceed with the PICC line.

Leo is receiving his nutrition through IVs at this time. However, the doctors are hoping to feed him his mom's milk through an NG (nasogastric) tube starting tomorrow. This is one more important goal in his being ready for the coarctation surgery. We are hoping he is well enough for surgery some time next week. 

The positive news of the day is that Leo is stable and seems to be resting comfortably. Thank goodness for small blessings!