Tara finally "surfaced" this morning. Josh spent the night with her last night; which made her very happy indeed. She smiled and said she actually ate last night a little bit! She was alert for almost an hour. My personal goals for Tara today are to get her to eat (her dad is especially good at that) and get her to walk. She's got to be sick of this bed by now. She still wants her pain meds at regular intervals and sleeps much of the time. Anyway, I see improvement this morning.
About the cultures and infection - I'm wrong; I'm not a doctor and this infectious disease doctor is from some other country and we have a hard time understanding him; so I posted bad information. (speaking of Mr. Infectious Disease Doctor - he drives Tara CRAZY. While he stands by her bedside he jiggles the bed and bumps her tubes which all hurt! She breathes a sign of relief whenever he leaves the room!). Dr. Shaprio came in this morning and we asked him if he would just "translate" what the infectious disease doctor says so we know what to expect!
Those cultures they sent to the lab to check for infection were really being checked to see which kind of germs (infection) were growing so that they could give the best antibiotic to fight them. Nothing grew in the cultures; which doesn't mean there isn't infection; it just means that the germs didn't grow in those cultures. So, they don't know which antibiotic to use; but Dr. Smith said it's all okay - they will just use some general antibiotics which should take care of the problem. He said not to worry; that most likely the antibiotics they will give her would probably have been the ones they would have prescribed anyway. She'll be on IV antibiotics for 6 weeks; 3 times a day; so I guess we'll have to see how that all works out. They are taking this infection really serious. Tomorrow one or two tubes come out; then the next day the other tubes will come out. She is stuck in ICU until she gets rid of her "hair extensions."
I think she's going to "turn the corner" today - I pray that is the case. Thanks so much for all your prayers, love, comments, support. Tara has read the comments on the blog - some of them - so that's a good sign. The computer screen bothers her head and she falls asleep so quickly that she doesn't last long; but at least she's not sleeping 24/7 anymore.