Day 23 - Delayed intensification

First things first, thank you so very very much for all the donations I received to date. A big thank you also to Gordon & Laura Paynter, Tobie & Riki Deale, Thinus & Esmé Minnaar, Riedwaan & Nadia Jabaar, Deborah & John Orfanos, Noramonidan, Rayno & Anneke, Nickie-Jean & Tiki, Kipps Business Systems, Jill and Andrew, Alison Popovic, Alkis (and Anita) for your donations, you have made a huge difference! Thursday is getting close and if you still wish to sponsor me please click here. Every cent counts and goes towards helping children like Bianca fight cancer.

So today started with us going to the hospital for a blood test - a finger prick. Got there and I discussed that Bianca has been complaining of a sore tummy and has just generally not been herself. Doctor Anne decided that Bianca would need to be admitted. Did a urine test and a full blood count and the full blood count indicated an infection level of 200 or something like that. As far as I know it is supposed to be less than 3 or something. So definitely something "growing" there...

Bianca's saturation levels were a bit low and so she was first put on nasal prongs and then an oxygen mask. She also developed a bit of a high temperature. We then had to go to X-Ray. She was an absolute star and did everything she was told.

Went back to the ward and they moved us to a room closer to the nurses' station to make observation a little easier. Bianca wanted to see her X-Ray image and Doctor Amy managed to show her the image on the computer screen when we got to the nurses' station.

Back in the room and she was hooked up to a cardiac monitor and they took the oxygen away to see how she would cope. And when I left she was coping pretty well without the extra oxygen.

The highlight of today was definitely when she watched Snow White and giggled quite a bit. This was the first time I really saw her happy and smiling in quite a long time. It didn't last, but at least it was there...

Bianca will be admitted for at least 48 hours, we don't yet know exactly what kind of infection it is, but should know once the cultures come back. At least now we know why she has not been herself lately...

Bianca has come such a long way, in the beginning she would scream every time they had to take her blood pressure and she definitely did not enjoy X-Rays, but now it is just such a breeze for her. I am so impressed!

Medicines today:
  • Tazocin (through IV)
  • Gentamicin (through IV)
  • Co-trimoxazole - 6.25 ml in the morning, 6.25 ml at night
  • Omeprazole - 1 capsule a day
  • Cefaclor - 12 ml twice today
  • Fluconozole - 10 ml at night

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