In keeping with her trend of stumping everyone around and keeping the doctors guessing, the cultures that were taken yesterday during Campbell's spinal tap were growing bacteria this morning. So, Campbell has been admitted back to the PICU at Morristown Memorial Hospital to be treated for bacterial meningitis (yes, the one they didn't think it was yesterday).
They did an additional spinal tap this afternoon to send off for cultures to ensure that yesterdays "slide" was not contaminated and as such providing a false positive. Unfortunately, before they will be willing to release her with a negative result, the cultures need to sit for 72 hours. Generally speakingl, if something is going to grow, it will be early so ideally tomorrow we will have an idea as to what to expect. They have put her back on IV antibiotics and she will remain in isolation until she has been on them for 24 hours. Incidentally, after being without a noticable fever over the past 48 hours at home, Cam's fever showed at 102 when she was admitted today...WTF?!?!?!?!
If the cultures do come back negative, they may then take a sample from the shunt location to see if that is what is causing the elevated white cell counts in her spinal fluid. If it is, they would then consider removing the shunt and watching to see how she responds. But that would involve an additional surgery and obviously additional time spent in the hospital.
We enter yet another phase of "patiently" waiting to get the results of more tests. Please continue to pray for Campbell as she enters this phase of her recovery - that the Lord may guide her doctors and nurses and lay His healing hand upon her once again.
Greg, Robin, Caitlin, Caroline & Campbell