She is still in the hospital but we heard very good news this morning. She had her first negative blood culture which means the IV antibiotics are working to kill the infection. Also her echo was comparative to her last one that was done just a few months ago. So glory to God no damage has been done to her heart muscles or valves that they can see.
She has to have five consecutive negative blood cultures, five days apart, before they can stop the antibiotics. The infectious disease doctor said it is a very aggressive strain of bacteria and we need to be sure it is all gone before we stop the IV antibiotics. We were hoping that she would be discharged today and that they would just leave her IV port in and we could run her over to the hospital daily so she could get her IV antibiotic infusions. But it is getting late and we have not heard anything. Tim said the infectious disease doctor has not cleared that plan of action yet. He also said that the nurse said there is another blood test ordered for tomorrow so I guess they will not be home today.
The rest of us are still very sick with this flu. I am trying to stay on top of all the children’s care (breathing treatments and Advil) but my body does not want to move very much. Praise God William is recovering ahead of everyone so he has been very helpful. It is a respiratory flu. High fevers, chills and sweats, achy everywhere, exhausted and coughing a lot kind of flu. I have the children all camped out in the living room watching movies as they rest and sleep. Tim has been with Elizabeth the whole time tending to her and he is very sick with this flu as well. Bless his heart.
I will update as I hear anything new.
I pray you all have a very Merry Christmas!