I didn't have a chance to update the blog yesterday as things were very busy. I did manage to create a gmail account and email some of you. I also uploaded pictures to the laptop and resized them for email. I had intended to have everyone's email address with me but because I have not been able to log into bellsouth I haven't been able to retrieve them all. If you didn't get an email from us we will be able to once we get home which will either be today or tomorrow. The details that follow are what I sent in the email yesterday. I will then be posting updates today and hopefully pictures of Leah.
Leah developed a fever last night (Tuesday night) which I have been told is common with surgery and doesn't necessarily mean she has an infection. Nevertheless they are ruling it out. They took blood today and are doing a blood culture to check for infection. We'll find out that tomorrow. They took a urine sample. And they did a chest x-ray to see if her lungs were clear. Her neurosurgeon came by this morning to check on her. He told me she has a little bit of bruising on her brain but he did not seem concerned at all. He wants to keep her in picu as he likes to discharge his patients directly from picu so hopefully we will stay in here the duration. Because of her fever she may stay in here until Friday (originally we were told probably Thursday but as you know there are no guarantees with hospital stays).
Leah is keeping down food which is breastmilk or pedialyte for her. She has an appetite and I have been able to nurse her once yesterday and once today. Other feedings have been by bottle since that doesn't involve moving her out of the crib. I held her for 45 min today and will again later. Ken probably will too. The nurse just came in and Leah's temperature this afternoon now that the tylenol has worn off is "low-grade" so they will not be giving her any more pain meds until she starts to become inconsolable (if she does). Her last dosage of tylenol 3 was at 10:30am so she was due for another at 2:30pm...it is now almost 4pm and she is sleeping comfortably!!! So that is a praise!
She is on antibiotics every 6 hrs (strong ones) as a preventative. They anticipate taking out her drainage catheter (from her head) tomorrow morning.
Thanks again for all your prayers and support! I'd love to hear from you when you get a chance. I'll also be updating Leah's blog later and probably posting a few pictures there when time permits. Hope you enjoy the pictures...the swelling is completely normal but she sure looks pitiful!! Don't forget to add your comments to Leah's blog. She'll enjoy reading them in her scrapbook someday!!