This is what happens when a baby has morphine before lip balm. She just kept rubbing them together and looking both fascinated and satisfied. I tried to get video, but I was interrupted.
The day started out pretty rough, with both Elvie and me having very little sleep under our belts, and Elvie with a fever. She had IV meds nonstop all morning and into the early afternoon, one after the other. Antibiotic, another antibiotic, morphine, Tylenol, repeat. She also got a blood transfusion, which was not unexpected. Blood, urine, and stool were sent out for various tests/cultures/whathaveyou. She definitely has a UTI. We never rechecked her for cryptosporidium, on the advice from the infectious disease clinic that the best way to cure it is to build the immune system by gaining weight, so I suggested we do it now and hoped for a room transfer. Normally the possibility of crypto would send us straight to a private room, but acute care is at capacity, so we're sharing still. Tonight is already looking better than last night, so I'm hopeful that this will be fine. I'd still like a private room, but it's okay.
Elvie is on more morphine now to control her pain, and it's kind of hilarious. It's also helping her rest, so it's kind of awesome in that regard. We were doing it on an as-needed basis, but now I'm asking for it as soon as she can have more. I'd rather stay ahead of the pain at this point. She needs the rest. Once she's well-rested, we can consider scaling back. But right now I like her loopy and sleeping well.
Tomorrow we're hoping to hear what kind of bacteria are causing the UTI so it can be treated appropriately. I'm also hoping that staying ahead of the pain will help Elvie rest and heal well enough that I can pick her up and hold her without her being so uncomfortable. I can always dream, right?