I guess we can't really call it a Christmas gift can we? Maddy got re-admitted to TGH yesterday afternoon because she was running a fever. Let me backtrack a little since I didn't post anything after she got out last week. Things were ok after discharge. Her insurance wouldn't cover the Zyvox, which is the antibiotic the docs wanted her on. Instead they gave her doxycycline which was the back up choice. The first few days out were ok. Then on the 23rd and 24th she started getting nauseous all the time. She thought it was the doxycycline so she just kept taking the medication the doc gave her for nausea and soldered on. We had an ok little Christmas Eve lunch with Ethan at the house then he gave Maddy a ride to Melissa's. She told me later that over the next few days she weaned herself off the pain medication because she thought maybe that was what was making her sick and it had stopped working for her anyway. She also started getting a little bit of runny sinuses and goopy eyes. Guess she may have come down with something new. Because by Friday night she had a fever. She took Tylenol to see if that would help. Saturday morning it was still there so she called the doctors. They direct admitted her again and got to work.
Yesterday they did a repeat CT scan and another chest X-ray this morning. The doctor also started her on a course of anti-fungal breathing treatments just in case. The cultures last week didn't show any fungus but because the pneumonia doesn't seem to be responding to the antibiotics as quickly as we would like to see he wants to cover all the bases.
The doc came in a minute ago and said the CT scan shows improvement. He is going to work on getting the insurance to cover the Zyvox and maybe she will be able to go home on that next week. In the mean time her fever has broken and her sinuses seem to be clearing up. Yesterday we were a little freaked out that the pneumonia was going to really cause a lot more problems. I think the fever was a secondary infection. We are still waiting for the cultures and virus panel to come back but she seems a little better today already. I think the big deal now will be pain management. She is stil in a lot of pain and can only have the pain meds every 8 hours. Yesterday she was really bad for the last two hours of that window. This morning she was able to go an extra hour before having to ask for pain meds. Probably because she has been "sleeping" and not as active. Like how I put sleeping in quotes? Because there is no real sleep in the hospital!!!
Anyway that's the update. I'm hoping she gets out next week before New Year so we don't have to spend another New Year's Eve in this place. On the bright side if we do, we have a good spot to watch the fireworks from.