The culture came back positive. She has to have her broviac line removed today and a new line called a PICC Line put in. Yesterday's test which showed the 3D images of her veins revealed that the best vein is in her neck which is where the PICC will go. It also revealed that her femoral veins are small and then widen which is good to know for her second surgery preliminary cath but annoying in that it will be more of a challenge to get a good look at her heart from the top (neck) area where she has better veins.
The surgery for the PICC line will be around 230 pm today. This is a trickier surgery considering that the "open" vein for the PICC line happens to be right next to her VT (brain) shunt.
Her broviac line will be taken out with a local in her room sometime today.
Her shunt will be tapped by Dr. Swift sometime today.
THE SHUNT IS NOT INFECTED/OR TREATABLE BY WAY OF THE 14 DAY ANTIBIOTIC PLAN.
HER PICC SURGERY HAPPENS WITHOUT COMPLICATION.
NEGATIVE CULTURE TOMORROW. (We start counting to 14 on the first day of a negative culture, as long as there are not 'positive' cultures after that. Today's negative culture reset us to Day 0.)
HER BROVIAC IS REMOVED SUCCESSFULLY.
MY SWEET SON PATRICK JR AS HE TRIES IN HIS 2 YR OLD WAY TO HANDLE MISSING MOMMY.
FOR MY FAMILY TO WAIT WITH PEACEFUL HEARTS AS WE WADE THROUGH EACH DAY BEFORE COMING HOME.