January 8 at 5:00 Eastern Time:
We just returned from the cardiologist. Eliza’s echo had no change and no signs of any infection. Her exam also showed no signs of any blood or heart infections. The cardiologist felt that most likely the blood they used for the culture was contaminated (like from the skin) as they d id not draw it properly (they took it from her IV line rather than a sterile direct blood draw). She said all indicators pointed towards a “ false alarm”.
Needless to say we are ecstatically relieved!!!
We are back to just being miserable with sinus infection/tonsillitis and the others with conjunctivitis. Miserable is quite lovely compared to terrified! (and yes, they called her in for the echo at 3:02) Thank you all ever so much for the prayer coverage during these harrowing few days.
With much love and gratitude,
Update on January 8:
The ER called to tell us that Eliza’s blood cultures from Sunday are positive for strep. We are off right now to the cardiologist for an echocardiogram to make sure everything is okay. (the appt. is for 2:15 but the echo will probably be closer to 3 o’clock) Given her history of surgery and ongoing mitral leakage she is at risk for endocarditis (heart infection). We will then find out if she needs to be hospitalized for IV antibiotics or can continue on the oral.
Thank you for all your prayers!
At 11:30 this morning, Kimberlee sent me an email asking me to pray and to pass along her request for prayers. They were on their way to the Emergency Room with Eliza. I just got home and just got the message. That's all I know. I'll leave comments open so that you can leave updates if you have them. Update: Eliza went home late last night. After hours of testing, they determined that there is an area of abnormality in her knee. Doctors are a bit puzzled about her symptoms. There will be follow up tests this week. I'm sure Kimberlee will keep you posted. She is ever so grateful for your prayers..
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
Jesus, I trust in you!