Cassie seems to be doing well. Her fevers don't seem to be an issue anymore and her CRP is still dropping-we are at 5 today. These are good things. Her swelling is coming down quite well and she is looking a little more like our baby. She is generally happy and drinking well. Pretty amazing that she isn't angry or feeling sorry for herself. (A lot of times I take that position for her :) Dr. Riva-Cambrin says that is why he loves working with kids and that she is "tough as nails."
Her iv fluids have been increased to help her flush the toxins out of her body. She is "splotchy' but not nearly as red as she was. We didn't have a very restful night because her heart rate was dipping low several times. The increased fluids should help with that issue. I don't remember low heart rate ever being a problem with her- usually it's the opposite. All the doctors seem to be really pleased with how she is doing- and we are cautiously optimistic.
She has really been enjoying stickers today, her play doh, and watching Wall E. We slept with Wall E playing all night long. Teresa and Nate have been here making play doh "snakes" with her today and getting her to use leftie every now and again. Her surgeon said it is possible that some of the reluctance to use her left arm may have had to do with that infection and pressure on her right frontal lobe. She is moving it better and is not nearly as sensitive about us touching it. We had her walk down the hall for a little while, assisted, but she is very wobbly. We will have to be patient for the rehab part too.
The doctors have decided that tomorrow they will take her off of two of the three antibiotics and see how things go. She will then be observed for a couple days see if we are on the right path with the Nafcillin. We think this journey at the hospital may be coming to a close, God willing. Thank you for your continued love.