Tuesday, February 9, 2010

External Shunt

Nicholas had surgery again yesterday. They removed his lateral ventricle shunt and made it a temporary external shunt. He has a catheter coming from his head to a collection tube and a bag that is hanging on an IV pole. They are planning on removing it on Friday and placing a new shunt on the left side of his head. His fourth ventricle shunt will also be removed.

He seems to be happy overall, just bored. One of the first things he did when he got up to the PICU yesterday was pull the catheter in his head. That was scary. I got his hand off of it and then he grabbed his IV tube and put it in his mouth. He has been trying to get the leads off his chest and playing with the dressing on his head. Such a boy!

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