Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Update - 3/23

Campbell went down for surgery this afternoon around 1:30pm. The surgery was scheduled to take about 3 hours. About 1 1/2 hours into it, the neurosurgeon came out and they had completed irrigating the area and looking for signs of infection.

While there were no noticeable signs, they did send many swabs and fluid samples down to the lab for analysis. They also removed the piece of bone that had to be removed to access the original tumor site. This was not replaced and apparently is not medically necessary nor are there any risks to Cam not having it in.

They found and patched a "hole" in her dura (?) and also drained the fluid pocket that formed after the first surgery. Hopefully, this fluid is what was infected and was draining through the hole and that is what was causing the ongoing infection (though we are not sure how likely this is).

They also put a PICC line (aka "Supertube") back in so that we can start the antibiotics at home again once we finally are discharged. Hopefully, that will be later this week but it will depend on what the next few days bring.

For now, please continue to pray for her speedy recovery and that the cultures and labs bring some answers for her.

With Love,

Greg, Robin, Caitlin, Caroline & Cam

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