Brock Rocks

August 19, 2010

5 days in 5 minutes

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 2:39 pm

Going to attempt to wrap up the last 5 days in under 5 minutes because Brock is asleep but starting to stir.  Lots of medical jargon because I’m updating quickly so skip to the last 3 bullets for the bottom line.

– Sunday night he got a fever that went from 100.4 to over 102 in about 5 minutes.  Poor thing was shivering so bad (badly?? – I’m horrible at grammar).s  I called the hem/onc drs and we went to the ER for a cbc and blood cultures. Eight (8!) hours later we were finally admitted to a room.  Mostly b/c the ER clotted off his picc line and we needed to get it fixed so that we could do our iv meds at home.

– Monday day they did a chest xray to check the pneumothorax and found that he had some pneumonia on his left lung.  Started 2 antibiotics.

– Monday evening the blood culture from the night before came back with gram negative rods.  A bacterial infection that can sometimes be hard to treat and that can make kids really sick.  The positive culture was from his picc line and a peripheral.  (By the way, notes like that are mostly for my sake so that when I have a question I can look back to see what happened.  I don’t expect you to know or care about the difference between picc line or a peripheral or gram negative or gram positive).  🙂

– Monday night we switched antibiotics b/c of the gram negative.

– By Wednesday day he was doing great and all of his repeat blood cultures hadn’t grown anything so we were hoping to go home on Friday.

– Wednesday night we found out that a blood culture from Tuesday came back with gram positive cocci.  From his picc line but not a peripheral.  Switched antibiotics again.

– The doctor told me today that they think it’s just his picc line that’s infected.  He’ll go to the OR tomorrow to have a new picc line placed and the infected one removed.  They’re doing it in the OR because of his history of not doing well with conscious-sedation and because the picc line nurse said he has really tiny veins and he’s not very easy to get a picc into.

– If all of the following cultures stay clear then we might be able to go home sometime this weekend.

– The surgeries that were supposed to take place have been pushed back indefinitely.


  1. Praying hard for all of you. I know the emotional roller coaster is more exhausting than the physical!!!!

    Comment by JoAnna McCall — August 19, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

  2. Still praying for you and will continue until no longer needed. So sorry he’s going through all of this.

    Comment by Susan — August 19, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

  3. More prayers coming your way, not that they ever stop. I pray you all get some rest while in the hospital and that y’all get out of the hospital super soon!

    Comment by Jessica Haskett — August 19, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

  4. praying for you, van. also, you sound like a doctor…i think they should make you one soon! (or at least give you a doctor’s paycheck.)

    Comment by marcy — August 19, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

    • I know, right? At least with a drs salary I’d be able to pay all the medical bills!

      Comment by Vanessa — August 19, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

  5. You all are in my prayers. Father God please continue working your miracles in this family. Please heal this child.

    Love ya, Linda

    Comment by Linda Heikkila — August 19, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

  6. Hello Hart family, It has been awhile since I have left you a message however, we read all your updates and we keep precious Brock in our prayers. It is so precious to listen to Morgan pray for Brock. Morgan always hated the peripheral’s and dreaded that part of the e.r visit. Towards the end the finally got cold spray and they would spray the spot to numb it before they stuck her. Much better after that. Hope Brock handles them okay…if not maybe ask for the cold spray. Keeping you in our prayers.

    Karen & Morgan

    Comment by Karen Snowden — August 19, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

  7. Oh my. I almost don’t know how you all are getting through all this except I know that God gives strength to the weak and I know that Brock’s sweet babyness (is that a word?) fills you with love. Rest and know that God is God. He will not suffer the innocent to be moved. He is the healer. Praying for all of you.

    Comment by Shelley Stevenson — August 19, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

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