It came back that Ethan's central line has been contaminated. His central line has two "tubes" that come out of it. There is one particular medication that can only go through one of the tubes due to it's sticky nature. Keeping the one medication in one of the lines, allowed them to draw a certain blood test from the other line without any contamination from said medication. A mistake was made and the medication was put through the wrong line at some point over the last few days. With the sticky substance now in both lines, one particular blood test cannot be pulled from them. Meaning, Ethan will now have to have blood drawn from his arm a couple of times a week until the line clears. This is an EXTREMELY unpleasant experience for Ethan - as we learned today - because they aren't always able to get blood from the first place they try.... so he has to get pricked several times. We expressed our concern to one of the doctors about such a seemingly careless mistake, as that is the most frustrating part... this could have all been avoided. The obvious feeling is that at this point in the game, there really isn't room for mistakes, and if small ones are made what confidence do we have that bigger ones wouldn't also happen. We voiced this, but at the end of the day, we rest in knowing that God is in control. The new prayer request is that Ethan's line would clear up in the next several days this week, so as to avoid him having to get pricked in the arm more next week.
Please be in prayer for Ethan's central line. We were told this afternoon that his line could have become contaminated by one of the medications that he receives daily. If that is the case, then his blood work would not be able to come back accurate through his line.... this could cause a problem as they'd have to prick his arm each day to run this particular blood exam. And from the 10 minute screaming fit Ethan gave this afternoon when they took blood from his arm, this is absolutely not the desirable route. They are running tests this afternoon. Please be in prayer for this situation.