Sunday, December 4, 2005

The Impatient Inpatient

REAL quick as Josh plays on the floor with his Legos.

We are in the hospital. Came home from clinic on Thursday and Josh started to run a fever. Turns out he has a blood infection.

Josh is on 4 different antibiotics right now, actually they stopped one this afternoon as they decided it wasnt targeting his specific bugs.

The cultures are showing two separate things growing.

One is a gram positive coxsackie, which I am told, is most likely a staph, which is treated by the Vancomycin he is already on.

The other is a rod negative something-or-another. They dont know the specifics on this one yet, but are calling in the infectious disease people and will go from there. We are wont bust out of here until Tuesday or Wednesday at the earliest. His cultures need to come back negative at least twice before they'll spring us.

So far, as of this morning, they are still growing postive. We'll see tomorrow if this morning's draw is negative. That's that prayer. That one of the anti-b's he's on now will start to tackle both things growing. And if it doesnt, that the infectious disease people can figure out a course that will tackle it.

Hope everyone is enjoying their holidays. Dont worry about us, besides being here, everything is going well. the girls and Nathan are staying with Grandma and Grandpa (I think I will need to bring home a BIG box of Tylenol for them when we get home), and despite everything, Josh is actually in pretty good spirits, although he is missing his Power Ranger show and is wanting to go home every now and again to watch it. As hard as Jon as tried, and as far as he's walked, he's been unable to turn up a copy yet... in fact he walked in a small little Pittsburgh college store here yesterday and they just laughed at him. What? never heard of a Super Hero before :-)

He did get cool Pitt Panther Tattoos that he has plastered to his bald little hear ;-)


Steve Graham said...

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2005 07:57 AM, CST

Hi Josh,

We just read the e-mail from your Grandma about your infection. Sorry to hear you have to go through this on top of everything else! Li and I continue to pray that you get through all of this as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Steve & Li, and Dana, Valerie and Madeline Graham

Marian Nicks said...

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2005 04:56 PM, CST

Hi guys,

Still got the prayer machine going full blast !!
Also will pray for Grandma & Grandpa, since their hands/house will be fuller for a couple days.
A dog to? Grandpa loves his English Setters, so that should be good for him, and he'll probably spoil the little dog with lotsa treats.
Hang in there guys, God Bless you all.

Marian & Jerry {: - )