Sometimes Mama gets to say “I told you so.” I *knew* there was a reason for those fevers Leah had been spiking last week. I kneeeeew. I had been pushing for blood cultures for a couple of days early this past week. Initially they had said if her temp spiked again they would do the cultures, but then the next day they weren’t aware that that had been set as the condition, so they were like, “Okay, well if it spikes AGAIN they’ll do the cultures.” Well, by Wednesday morning she looked sickly, so they finally did the freaking blood and sputum cultures, and yes, they both came back positive. So. There you go. The sputum culture showed a mild growth of pseudomonas (bacteria), and the culture they drew from the central line came back positive for staph. The good news is that they are not too concerned about the sputum culture – it wasn’t an infection per se, and she has been on antibiotics for several days now and has not spiked another fever. The staph is a little more worrisome (at least, in my opinion!) but they said that sometimes happens with the central line, and it often goes away when the central line is removed – which happened yesterday, as you may recall. They drew another culture yesterday and we’ll see if it still shows growth. The last thing she needs is a staph infection on top of everything else she has been through!
Well. On a less medical note… Leah is much more energetic today. We are even getting some smiles. We put her vibrating throne back into her bed and she is having a joyous and up-close-and-personal reunion with her favorite jingle-bug. She has been communing with him for over an hour. Every so often she tries to talk to him and bursts into a coughing spasm; she hasn’t regained her voice since being intubated, and her voice is, at present, not entirely unlike that of Donald Duck. I will be so happy when I can hear that little “AYE” again.