((((((HUGS)))))) To All ~
When Jon woke this morning, his SATS were a little low, and he required suctioning via his trache. SATS came up, but heart rate was elevated. Temp was 98.6.
By 3:30 this afternoon, Jon's temp was 100.8, nearly 101, obviously. And his heart rate had sky rocketed to the mid to upper 90's. It even went to 100 for a few moments. What was going on?
I went to the first line of defense: strip him down and bathe him with tepid water.
I bathed him every half hour for 15 minutes. And every hour, I checked his temp.
At one point, I prayed that it would be 99.8 (to be below 100), and it was exactly that.
But then it went up to 100.2 by the next hour.
For 6 hours, I bathed Jon, prayed, and took his temperature and SATS.
When his temp came down a bit, his heart rate slowed, but when it went up again, so did his heart rate. His SATS were remaining in the mid 90's, which was good and acceptable.
Jon was getting sleepy, and he needed to be able to go to sleep for the night, without constant bathing, so, at 9:30, I prayed that his temp would be well below 100 degrees. Well, his temp is 99.0!
And his SATS are 97, and his heart rate is 87!
I'm wondering whether this is hormonal, or if Jon's hypothalamus is off kilter.
Michael spiked fevers of 103 degrees, which I managed with tepid baths, and Tylenol on occasion. He also had gelastic seizures, so I discerned that he had issues with his hypothalamus. With Jon's hypothyroidism, it's not unlikely that his hypothalamus is affected.
But there I go again ... diagnosing Jon ... only because the experts haven't weighed in with their opinions yet. Of course, Jon doesn't have a neurologist, because none of our hospital neuros accept Medicaid for outpatients. I'll try to remember to run this by the neuro on call, the next time Jon is in the hospital.
Meanwhile, we're still waiting for a new G tube.
As Jon's primary care doc likes to say: "Stay tuned."
Love & Light,