Thursday, July 26, 2012

He Did It!

I hope it wasn't a fluke, but my "Christian" sat completely still during his infusion on Monday!  We had the iPad set up, he was playing, the Emla had been on for an hour and he was completely distracted.  He said, "It didn't hurt!"

I sure hope this means he is getting over his fear of needles.  I am not sure what the next infusion will hold (we access his port once a week and infuse daily), but it looks promising :)

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Taking Back Control

Last night "Christian" and I were on my bed having a tickle fest. All of a sudden he rolled off the bed and on his way down, hit the corner of my glass topped nightstand right between his temple and eye. I shot straight up, grabbed him and knew infusing was top priority. My husband was unreachable, so I knew I had to access Christian's port....alone. Thankfully, big brother "Lance" was close to help Christian stay straight up in his seat. We had a pretty successful infusion. I had to maneuver the huber needle a bit, and hit bottom! It was a great feeling to take control of infusing again. I've let myself get out of the habit of infusing and have let my husband be the major "infuser" and boy was that a mistake. Simply because I became complacent. I was losing my skills and my nerve. Today Christian developed a headache, so off to the emergency room we went to get a CT scan. Thankfully all was clear. He is acting like his 6 year old self :) Accidents happen. When you least expect it. It's amazing that sometimes it takes a good jolt to knock you out of complacency. Fortunately all is well. Are you becoming complacent with your child's bleeding disorder? What can you do to reel it back in?

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Not any Better

Well, my son is just absolutely terrified of needles.  The visit with the nurse from our homecare did not go any better than when it's just me and his Dad.  To say he completely freaks out is an understatement.  We just don't know what to do to help him calm down during his infusions.

I think it is an effect from his numerous hospitalizations and the times he has been held down to find veins for IV's.  It been extremely rough for him...things are better now, despite his inhibitor, but you just can't erase those experiences.

Any suggestions on how to calm a child's fear of infusing?  I'll try anything.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

We Need a Break

When you live in a rural area with little or no resources to back you up when living with a bleeding disorder, you handle things on your own and hope you don't have to make the 2 hour drive to the HTC very often.

Now that we are living in the big city (and not "on the prarie") we are 15 miles from the HTC and our main home care nurse lives about a mile away from our new home.

I recently took "Christian" in to the HTC so they could check out his port.  It was pretty bruised up and he was complaining.  I mean, it only took me about 20 minutes to get there, so why not have him looked at. 

When the nurse accessed his port, she and the HTC nurse asked me, "Does he fight like this every time you access?"  I answered, "Yes.  We just have to make it work."  That's when I realized that we needed some help.  We have scheduled our home care nurse to come in to help us access for awhile.

We access Christian once a week and infuse him daily.  He is on daily NovoSeven and he is just horribly afraid of needles. 

I took him in to work with "Chester Chest" at the infusion office and he worked with our wonderful nurse.  They talked about ports, touched and even accessed Chester's port.  Christian even practiced how he was going to sit when she come to help us infuse.

We'll see how it goes on Monday.

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