Late Tuesday afternoon Infectious Disease (I.D.) doctors came by and told us that the type of bacteria Julianne has (a type of Enterobacter) can be very effectively treated with an oral antibiotic called Bactrim. You may recall that I had a pretty scary reaction to Bactrim back in April. I asked about that and the I.D. doctor said that it only increased Julianne's risk of having a reaction very slightly. She would be at a further increased risk if she had a sibling who had a reaction to the medication. The good news is that even if she does have some sort of reaction there is another oral antibiotic that would be a good option. If you would, please pray that she'd be free from any adverse reaction to this medication. Also, it's giving her a pretty upset tummy...
The I.D. doctor went on to say that they wanted Julianne's surgeon to go back in and totally remove the pacing wires. Yikes!
Later, we spoke with Julianne's Cardiologist, and he'd also spoken with the I.D. doctor, was pleased with their recommendation of no PICC line and reassured us that she would still be able to do oral antibiotics even if the surgeon wouldn't remove the wires. Which was a good thing because he didn't remove the wires. Its kind of a big deal to remove them and an even bigger deal to put new ones on the heart.
Speaking of pacing wires, Electrophysiology was consulted regarding whether or not Julianne needs to be put back on an anti-arrhythmic drug since now it will be even longer until she gets her pacemaker. They felt that since she's done so well (by so well, I mean no SVT episodes) over the last couple of months being off her med, that we should continue to keep her off of it for now. IF she has no episodes of SVT during the next couple of months of antibiotics and the following waiting period then we may need to reconsider the pacemaker altogether!!!! If she doesn't need to be on an anti-arrhthymic medication then she doesn't need a pacemaker to deal with the low heart rate caused by that medication!! Which, by the way, would be AWESOME! Maybe, God kept her from getting the pacemaker last week because she doesn't need one at all...we will see. :) Please be in prayer that God would protect Julianne from any SVT episodes...they're not fun and they're pretty scary to tell you the truth.
On Wednesday, Julianne's Boston Cardiologist came in and asked Julianne, "Do you want to go home?" She said, "YEAH!" We got a flight for the next day and headed out of there. :) Julianne was so happy to be back home.
Now, we're back home and back to normal life, normal food and sweating any time we walk out of the door. :) Julianne will have to wait 4-6 weeks to return to her gym class, take a real bath and to swim. She's pretty wild these days, so protecting her incision is a challenge, ha ha...
Thank you all for your prayers during this surgery and hospital stay. Your words of encouragement and faithfulness in praying for our family have meant so much to us...more than I can express.
Finally, here are a few pictures:
Home and blowing bubbles in the yard. :)
Thank you, God for protecting this little girl!