Intensive Care Scares….. - Aria MacDonald

Intensive Care Scares…..

…..Although not so much a scare as it is a reality. Aunty Alex here, posting on behalf of Mummy and Daddy who will be spending tonight with Aria in PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit) at Starship. Aria has a ridiculously high Sodium level which, this afternoon, was causing her to fade in and out of consciousness. To the average Jo/Joe a high Sodium level doesn’t sound like much but it’s actually very serious. The body is created to be at an almost perfect equilibrium, so when a particular level of something spikes or drops, the brain sometimes shuts off most other activity while it sorts the problem. Well that’s how it was explained to me anyway. At the end of the day being involuntarily unconscious is never a good thing and is VERY scary. The team on Aria’s ward saw to it pretty quick that she was transferred down to PICU which is where we have been since about 3pm. There’s no definite answer as to what caused the fluctuation in her Sodium levels but many signs are pointing to the fact that it could be human error. Hamish saw a bunch of nurses, the head of nursing education, the hospital business manager and Dr. E rummaging through the hospitals waste trying to find a mislabelled bag or something that will give them an answer. Aria has spent the afternoon and much of the evening being poked and prodded while the Dr tried to set her up with a lure that just didn’t want to be set up – so she’s been in a fair bit of pain and is a bruised and tender. She has picked up a fair bit since early this afternoon and even managed to sit up for a little bit. She is mostly conscious now, but still drifts out for moments every so often. Mummy and Daddy are tired – Daddy and Aria only had 2 hours sleep last night and today’s dramas were very draining for all concerned. There are so many thing that you can pray for but in particular please pray for healing and a good peaceful nights rest for Aria and for strength, courage, peace, rest and anything else you want to add for Mummy and Daddy. They really do appreciate your support and prayers. I’m sure either Mummy or Daddy will update you with the details soon enough.

20 Responses to “Intensive Care Scares…..”

  1. Sharon says:

    Thanks for updating us Aunty Alex, there are a few worried people around, so it’s good to know what the latest is. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say, we really appreciate your explanation. I hope Miss Aria is feeling much much better in the morning. Thinking of you all, much love to everyone. xoxoxo

  2. Natalie says:

    Thanks so much for the update, I have been crying alot since I learned Aria was in PICU. i will be thinking of you all tonight, and await the news of miss aria being back to her bubbly self tmrw. Love to you all xoxo

  3. Grandad David says:

    Thanks Alexandra Dearest. Well explained and well communicated. Thanks for going to the effort of doing that on behalf of Mummy & Daddy. Here’s pryaing for Aria…… this is just the last thing she needs.

  4. Brian and Sandra Ready says:

    Thanks Alexandra. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Go Aria! You can get through this too! E

  5. Brian and Sandra Ready says:

    Thanks Alexandra, a brilliant explanation. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Especially Aria, everyone is with you sweetness. XOXOXO

  6. Jodee Reid says:

    Thinking of you all.

  7. Lisa Robertson says:

    Just read Aunty Alex’s post – I hope that last night bought some rest for you all and much needed improvement for Aria. Sending you guys lots of love. Lis x

  8. Lisa Scott says:

    Lots of best wishes for a further recovery, we’re thinking of you all

  9. Hannie Hulls says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. Take care. xx

  10. Helma says:

    We are praying for you all. May the Lord be your strength!
    Blessings from the Sonneveld family

  11. Nicole says:

    Lots of prayers for little Aria and family, hope you’re up and bouncing around the room soon Aria!

  12. Carla says:

    Thinking of you all heaps, thoughts and prayers xxxxx

  13. Steph says:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. What a brave wee girl she is! Keep smiling Aria xxx

  14. Brenda says:

    Go Aria, show the world that an extra bit of salt doesnt worry you a hoot.. and soon all this will be in the past..
    meanwhile sending lots of prayers that mommy and daddy get some sleep… and you all get home quickly
    XXXXXXXX

  15. susan says:

    our prayers are with aria and her family.

  16. Linda says:

    Your friends at Fisher & Paykel Finance are thinking of you all and send their best wishes. XXXX

  17. Kat says:

    Thinking of you all. I hope everything is looking brighter today. God Bless

  18. Roseanne says:

    Thinking of you all and hoping the news only gets better

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Intensive Care Scares…..

…..Although not so much a scare as it is a reality. Aunty Alex here, posting on behalf of Mummy and Daddy who will be spending tonight with Aria in PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit) at Starship. Aria has a ridiculously high Sodium level which, this afternoon, was causing her to fade in and out of consciousness. To the average Jo/Joe a high Sodium level doesn’t sound like much but it’s actually very serious. The body is created to be at an almost perfect equilibrium, so when a particular level of something spikes or drops, the brain sometimes shuts off most other activity while it sorts the problem. Well that’s how it was explained to me anyway. At the end of the day being involuntarily unconscious is never a good thing and is VERY scary. The team on Aria’s ward saw to it pretty quick that she was transferred down to PICU which is where we have been since about 3pm. There’s no definite answer as to what caused the fluctuation in her Sodium levels but many signs are pointing to the fact that it could be human error. Hamish saw a bunch of nurses, the head of nursing education, the hospital business manager and Dr. E rummaging through the hospitals waste trying to find a mislabelled bag or something that will give them an answer. Aria has spent the afternoon and much of the evening being poked and prodded while the Dr tried to set her up with a lure that just didn’t want to be set up – so she’s been in a fair bit of pain and is a bruised, tender and very tired. The good news is that she has picked up a fair bit since early this afternoon and even managed to sit up for a little bit. She is mostly conscious now, but still drifts out for moments every so often. Mummy and Daddy are tired – Daddy and Aria only had 2 hours sleep last night and today’s dramas were very draining for all concerned. There are so many things that you can pray for but in particular please pray for healing and a good peaceful nights rest for Aria and for strength, courage, peace, rest and anything else you want to add for Mummy and Daddy. They really do appreciate your support and prayers. I’m sure either Mummy or Daddy will update you with the details soon.

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