We finally received an email from Nicholas’ doctor. He is going to try to schedule a bronchoscopy for Nick on Tuesday, July 15th.
A bronchoscopy means that Nicholas will be put to sleep and the doctor will go down into his lungs with a lighted camera to look around. They will be looking for areas that are inflamed or show any other signs of infection. They will also squirt in some normal saline and then suction it back out to test to see what organisms he is growing. Over the last few months he has been growing staph and pseudomonas, but sometimes a patient cannot cough up some of the things that may be growing down deep in there. Hidden bacteria can cause a decrease in lung function. This is a way to make sure they haven’t missed anything.
Nicholas is not happy at the prospect of having to have this done and at the fact that we may not be able to go to camp. Many things will determine whether or not we can go: what they find in the bronchoscopy, if he has to go on IV antibiotics, and if Miranda can have her cast removed, among other things. He didn’t get to go last year because he was in the hospital, and he has been so excited about going to Caswell. I told him that if we couldn’t go, maybe we could go somewhere else before school started back, but that isn’t the same and I know it isn’t, but what can I say?
We are praying that nothing new comes up in the cultures. I know that everything happens for a reason, and everything is to glorify God, but this 15 year old is really having a hard time with that one. Pray for peace for his heart. Pray that he (and all of us) can accept whatever comes. I’ll let you know what time the procedure is scheduled.
In His Grace, Robin