Sunday, December 4, 2011

Doctor's visit

The doctor came in and explained that judging by the admit x-rays, they expect Mary Louise has a viral pneumonia - she shows mid line cloudiness on her x-rays. If it were a bacterial infection, she would need to stay in the hospital for 7 to 10 days for IV antibiotic therapy. As it is now, if she can wean off of her oxygen completely, she can go home. They will repeat her blood work before discharge to see if she needs oral antibiotics at home (indicated by an elevated white blood cell count...I think). This is the first time I've actually seen the doctor myself so I appreciated him catching me up on specific results, etc. He informed me that in the time she left the doctor on Friday and was admitted her that afternoon, he WBC (white cell count) had actually increased.

For now, she still needs her nasal cannula to maintain her saturation, we'll see how the night goes...the general plan is possible discharge in the morning - provided she can be weaned off of oxygen. If she cannot be weaned, blood work and chest x-rays will be repeated to assess for further progression of her infection.

She had a great visit with Ma Mere and Pops this afternoon and Uncle Collin is in town - he's like a circus ride by himself - so she is eating Goldfish crackers with him and they are "feeding" green frog as well - she's a very happy gal at the moment.

We got the kids "together" on Skype for a bit today. David talked quite alot - was jealous of Mary Louise's pop-sickle mostly - but loved seeing his "Dae / Meese". Mary Louise sat very quietly the entire time with a HUGE grin on her face. For now, we've found the next best thing to them actually being the same room.


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