Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Still Here....

The Fantastic News:
  1. The fever disappeared about 12 hours ago. Hopefully, it will stay gone. :-)
  2. They were able to get blood fairly easily today, but the one sample did not "take" because she clotted too quickly. Since we're here for another day, the doctor wasn't concerned and will not bother her with more blood work until tonight or early tomorrow morning. Works for me!
  3. Kate is EATING!!!! Woo-Hoo! She has lost 2+ pounds this week, so I am thrilled to report that she ate a full breakfast this morning. Bacon, a full English muffin slathered with peanut butter, and a few bites of scrambled egg. We've been doing a gluten-free, casein-free diet, but at this point, I'm willing to start over on the gluten part after she is well again. I've decided to reintroduce some gluten at some point to see if it makes a difference -- I guess now is as good a time as any. She remains dairy-free, however, as dairy really messes with her system.
  4. After breakfast, we took a walk around the hallways and Kate waved to all the boys and men she saw (sorry, ladies -- you just don't rate with Miss Flirtypants). This is the Kate I know and love....

The Not-So-Fantastic, but Not Horrible News:

  1. We're here for another night, which is a bummer, but things are looking good. The doctors want to make sure all her bloodwork improves and that she eats and drinks plenty on her own before sending us home. As much as I wish we could go home right now, I'd rather make sure all is well so we don't have to come back! It's a fantastic hospital, but it's still a hospital....
  2. One area of concern is that Kate iss extremely wobbly on her feet-- like she was when she was on pain meds. after her tonsillectomy. We're hoping it's just from being bed ridden, but if it doesn't improve, they will do a spinal tap to rule out meningitis. Eeegads, Lord save us from the spinal tap (and the meningitis, of course).
  3. Because Kate had a fever last night, she can't go to the playroom or to the event today where Animal Kingdom brings animals for the kids to interact with. Unfortunately, she heard them talking about animals and looked up at me and said, "go" -- Katespeak for "Let's go see them." She LOVES animals and was disappointed when I told her we couldn't go....
  4. We're still not sure what's wrong, but the suspicion is still a nasty virus. Mono is definitely a possibility and we're waiting on the results of that test, along with a few others.
Please continue to keep Kate in your prayers. I appreciate it more than you know. And you might as well include Scott in the prayers, as well, as he has been home since Sunday with a high fever. Poor babies!

With love,


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