Alison had the lumbar puncture (spinal tap). She was very frightened but had a wonderful doctor who made the procedure as painless as possible-she did really great. As always, we are so proud of her. Preliminary results are in-----the good news is that Alison does not have menangitis-thank God!! Blood cultures did come back and she has an e-coli infection. Doctors are not sure of the source but have indicated that this should be a treatable bacteria. We are still waiting for her to go down for the pleural and abdominal taps-they were scheduled for 2 p.m.-some things never change!! Alison cannot eat until after this procedure and has not eaten since Monday night, hopefully she will go down soon. She still has a headache, perhaps that will lessen when she is able to eat. The doctors had Alison on 5 antibiotics, we are now down to 3. Once we have the results of the fluid taps, the doctors will be able to finalize the antibiotics and a plan for moving forward. Please pray that no other infections are found and that she does not have too much pain as a result of the fluid taps--and that they take her down for the taps SOON!!
All in all, the news today was much better than it could have been. It looks like she will need to stay in the hospital for 7 to 10 days-we're not sure what that will mean for Christmas but, at this point, we are grateful that the infection thus far is treatable. Let's pray that that remains the case.
Love to all,
Joe and Karen