So, Sunday was fairly uneventful. Alison was free from a headache for the first time. She still does have pain left from the fluid tap and draining but pain medications are helping. She was very tired and mom put a sign on the door in the afternoon, hoping to get her some sleep. Dad worked all through Saturday night and got home late Sunday afternoon-he is exhausted. Mom went home last night. Her back is bothering her-and throwing her back out right now is just not an option.
As of this morning, news is that Alison does not have the toxin of the c-dif bateria-that is really good news. All the other cultures are coming back negative-again, really good news. The transplant team was just in and said that Alison can go home tomorrow-this is great news, however, she will need to be on the antibiotic for at least another week. This will be by IV or with intramuscular injections. This news was very disappointing to Alison as she was given the impression from the Infectious Disease doctor that she wouldn't need antibiotics much pass tomorrow or Wednesday. The transplant team explained that they feel very strongly that with her supressed immune system, a minimum 2 week regimen of antibiotics is critical. Alison is not happy about this but really has not other choice if she wants to go home-and, needless to say, she wants to go home. The discharge plannning nurse is making the necessary contacts to see what is available from a homecare agency. Most likely, mom will need to be trained to give IV medication and/or injection so that she can be a back up if needed. This nursing business is definitely not mom's "cup of tea", but if she just thinks of it as falling under the catagory of "mommy duties", then there is not question that she will be able to handle it -Alison certainly does not get her interest or talents in the medical field from her mother.
Alison is wrapping her Christmas gift right now. This is serving as a bit therapeutic for her as she tries to absorb the next stage of the plan. She is very excited that some of her long time and high school friends are coming tonight for their "secret santa" get together-we know that this will certianly lift her spirits.
On another note, we did just find out that one of our dear friends was just readmitted to the hospital this morning. He had had surgery and now has an infection with fluid around his lung. Please pray that all goes well with him and that his infection,too, will be responsive to antibiotics.
Karen and Joe