Well...we definitely got news a little while ago that was not welcome. One of the swabs that was done during surgery and cultured came back positive for the presence of staph. The level is in the "rare" category, which is the least severe. It's not classified as an infection quite yet, she's not showing any symptoms or running fever. I called Dr. Chugani at home in a panic (God bless that man for giving me his home number!) and he helped to calm me down...he felt it was too soon after surgery for the culture to be showing any sign of staph and that it could be a contaminant from the surgery itself, something from the skin for example. He said if she had an infection she would be showing signs, i.e. fever, heart rate, etc. So far she is not.
They started her on an IV course of Vancomycin and for now plan on sending her home with a PIC line and a 4 week course of IV antibiotics. I asked Dr. Chugani how we would know if it was a real issue or not and he said when they determine what type of staph it is they would know. He said they haven't had an infection in years and years and it would surprise him if this is one. I hope he is right. For now we are scared to death and for once I think Michael is holding it together better than I am. (Love you M.)
I of course immediately turned to Google and found several stories of something like this happening after epilepsy surgery and while it was an ordeal in and of itself it didn't have any lasting implications. What makes this a little hard right now is she is still so out of it from surgery that we can't rely on behavior as an indicator that all is well.
Again...prayers, good vibes, all of it is needed and appreciated.