Made of Gray

Blood Pressure Baby

Holly D Gray5 Comments
Today was our appointment with the Nephrologist. He marveled over how big Caleigh was getting and looked at some tests that were done the last time she was in the hospital.

When the ICU team checked to make sure the yeast in Caleigh's central line hadn't spread to other areas of her body they did a kidney ultrasound. At the time we knew that the yeast wasn't in her kidneys and all looked well. Today the doc confirmed that Caleigh's kidneys looked good.

I brought in a three page log of Caleigh's blood pressures since January. Of course when they did vitals her BP was very high. So I had to explain that we have been taking her BP while she is asleep so that her muscles are relaxed. The doctor said that the way we have been doing it is exactly right. Keep checking while she is asleep. I told him that I was worried about not giving her meds when she might really need it and he said that if her BP was actually high then it would be high even while she is asleep.

I don't know how many times I've had nurses look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them that they won't get a good BP. I don't know how many times I've set there and let them try and try again because the machine errors out or gives a crazy reading.

Verification is a wonderful thing.

We are keeping the blood pressure medicine on hand if Caleigh needs a dose. As of now we haven't given her the med since March 5th. We'll continue to check her BP at night and at nap time and we won't have to go back to the Nephrologist until July.

Tomorrow's agenda includes a second opinion from a new eye doctor.


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