I apologize that it took so long to update tonight after the episode Rowan had today in the ICU, but I am certain you all understand where my focus was. Rowan was in a lot of pain, complaining of his back hurting all morning. During occupational therapy and speech therapy, we just repositioned him a few times, thinking that was all that was wrong. Shortly after those sessions, he wanted to take his nap, but could not get comfortable. The nurse and I tried getting a look at his back, since that was his chief complaint. When we touched it anywhere near his recent LP site, he went through the roof. She tried and then I tried, and all of the sudden he said, "Mom, I can't see you!" and his next blood pressure read was 50s/30s (and he was already on a norepinephrine drip). We thought it was a fluke, but when we started cycling his cuff every 5 minutes, it became evident that something was wrong. Thank God for a fast acting ICU staff, because Rowan was take off of the CRRT dialysis circuit and taken down emergently to CT, within the hour. They did a CT scan of his abdomen and spine, and I think we all believed that they would find a leak, abscess or bleed of some sort that occurred as a result of the lumbar puncture he had done earlier this week. Boy, were we wrong...
I am choosing to "look for the good" as Rowan has instructed me to do. I am choosing to acknowledge the fact that, had Rowan not had this strange, sudden, severe, unexplained back pain today...we would have not discovered all three of these serious medical complications as quickly, and certainly never all at once.
Thank you God for revealing the problems.
Thank you in advance for providing the solutions.
We are believing that this is an example of your divine providence, defined as "timely preparation for future eventualities".
In the simplest of terms, we are choosing to see this as a "happy accident".