I know, I know, it's September. Seven frickin' months. I've been busy, okay? Gee, Cap'n Caveman, what's kept you so busy?
Alright, kiddies, gather 'round and let the old guy fill you in.
First, Sarah was taken to the hospital in late February. She had a very high fever and was in respiratory distress. After two weeks in pediatric ICU (PICU) she was diagnosed with -- are you ready for this? -- Legionnaire's Disease. Yeah, that was my reaction, too. Apparently old folks aren't the only ones who can get this crap. It's like pneumonia on crack AND steroids. The docs finally got her on the correct antibiotic to kill the mother, but they had to put a trach in her throat to help her breathe, and she had to be on a ventilator. So everything's going swimmingly for a week or so and the docs decide to try to remove the trach. No go. She relapsed big time, and they not only had to reinstall the trach, she had to go on a high pressure ventilator to keep her blood oxygen levels up to normal. To make a long story short, she was in the hospital from late February until early April.
Once she came home, the battle didn't stop. She had a series of pseudomonas infections after she got home, which thankfully antibiotics fixed, but her lungs are going to take at least a year to fully heal. She is still on oxygen and she has an ampi monitor hooked up day and night. Oh yeah, she still has the trach in her throat. We don't know yet when or if she'll ever get rid of that. Time will tell.
So that's where I've been the last few months or so. I'll add more later as I get time. Thanks to all of y'all who have been praying for us and especially Sarah the last few months.