I am sorry for the delay in blogging. I’ve had visitors up for two days, and it was nice to be distracted for a while.
Katy hasn’t had much change in her condition since Friday. Her temp on Friday morning was 105.9, but had lowered to to 104 by mid day, and in the 103’s by 2pm. She has stayed in the 103’s since then, only creeping to 104 for a few hours on Saturday. The doctors have stopped all antibiotics. All of Katy’s cultures are returning negative for bacteria/fungus growth. The doctors say that antibiotics given for one infection may mask the evidence of another one. So, for now, they have stopped the drugs to see if anything reveals itself.
There are a lot of things that could be causing Katy’s fever. The difficult part is determining exactly what that/those factors are. Is her body having a hard time thermoregulating? Is there a hidden infection? Are the meds causing the fever? Are the antibiotics causing the fever? Is it due to the fluid in her lung? Is it from laying down for 7 weeks? Is it all of the above? The work done every day, aside from keeping her clean and comfortable, is to try and find out the answer. They plan on doing wound care on her tomorrow, and also swabbing her sinuses just to make sure that there is no infection there. The burn team will also meet with the infectious disease doctors to see if they can shed any light on this mystery.
I have received so many e-mails from people offering to help me while I am Dallas. I want to say “Thank You” to all of you who have written. I’m sorry that I can’t always reply directly, but I have kept your info, and will call if I canthink of anything. The hard part about this whole thing is when I am asked what people can do for me, I don’t know what to tell them. I sometimes feel guilty for not having a prepared answer. It is so sweet of everyone to offer help. For now, other than the financial help, just keep saying prayers for Katy. Also, I REALLY appreciate the peoples’ stories who have gone through this, and the doctors who write me to offer opions. The different perspectives often give me things to ask the doctors.
I will get back to my usual schedule of writing this week, and I will have more stories to share. It means so much to me that my Katy means so much to all of you. She means the world to me.
Love to all,