Friday, September 30, 2005

Hospital - Day 6

I think we're going to be able to go home tomorrow! We are SO happy and we are ready to be sprug from this joint. The doctors and staff have been WONDERFUL, but Camille is feeling better and I am ready to take her home!
I'm going to CHEW my way out of here!
Does this kid look sick to you? Finally, some playroom time! Yeah!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Hospital - Day 5

Child life brought some great new toys!

And we took a ride in the wagon (we couldn't go very far because of the IV, but it was something to do!)

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Hospital - Day 4

I think Camille is finally feeling a little better today. The exploritory was really hard, but I think Dr. Rao was able to releave the pressure because Camille's disposition was clearly better today. I even captured a smile! The nursing students were here, they gave Camille a bath and played with her all afternoon. The Child-life specialist was also here. Camille has become quite the celebrity... we've had lots of visitors. I am also please that one of the doctor's from Camille's pediatric practice has stopped by every day to check up on us. What a blessing.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Hospital - Day 3

Camille woke up this morning with a fever, so acetaminophen has been added to her IV "cocktail". The boil has been relentless, so far, and Dr. Rao suggests it might be multi-compartmental, meaning there are other pockets of pus in the same boil that have not been drained. Camille will have an exploritory this afternoon. Goodie.

On a more positive note, Daddy finished with work early and surprized us (okay me) with sandwiches from the jewish deli. Thanks, Daddy! Camille was equally happy to see her dad.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Hospital - Day 2

Camille had her surgery this morning. These photos were taken about 20 minutes after she was given a setative. It really mellowed her out. The procedure was difficult on her and she was clearly upset when she was wheeled back into the room. Her eyes were the color of wine. She has a large gauze bandage around her upper thigh. She is sleeping now and I am hopeful that, as Dr. Rao suggested, the lancing will give her some relief. It's been a exhausting day.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

A Trip to the Hospital

Today, Camille was admitted to local hospital. I took her first thing this morning to the pediatrician for a large boil that had appeared on her inner thigh, literally overnight. We had learned at one of Camille's first doctor's appointments, that the boils on her head were the results of a MRSA infection. We thought we had it mostly under control when all the boils on her head healed. She would little outbreaks on her skin that looked just like baby acne. Little did we know that this was MRSA too.

Dr. Steph examined the boil then said "I don't want you to freak out here, but Camille needs to go to the hospital" I answered "When?" Dr. Steph said "Right now. I'll call so they will be expecting you." We went to our local hospital which has a top notch children's ward. I asked Dr. Steph if we should go to the Children's Hospital, but she didn't think it would be necessary. After we stopped at home to get a few essentials, we headed to the hospital. The admissions process was so smooth, I was very impressed. We have a large private room (since Camille is sick with an infectious disease) We met with the infectious disease specialist, Dr. Rao, then a nurse came in to start Camille on an IV with a Vancomycin drip. Vacomycin is one of the few antibiotics that Camille's strain of MRSA is susceptible to. Tomorrow morning Camille is scheduled for "surgery" (with a local anesthetic) to open the boil and allow it to drain. She is not happy camper...