Thanks again for all your calls and comments today and for your prayers! The prayers are working!
We thought you might be interested in the process of draining spinal fluid from around the brain, which begins by inserting a "lumbar drain" in the lower spine. The spinal fluid goes through a narrow tube to a collection reservoir and then into a holding pouch! This is happening at the rate of 5 cc's every 20 minutes. The good news is that with all the pain for so many days it does seem to be working. The hole in the membrane around Jodi's brain does seem to be healing. No evidence of leaks all day! Here's what this process looks like from our perspective:
Tolan checking on Jodi's lumbar drain.
Jodi's lumbar drain connected to her lower spine.
The lumbar drain collection tubes and pouch.
The lumbar drain collection reservoir - closeup. You can see the clear liquid, which is the spinal fluid.
Your prayers really do seem to be working! Thank you again and again and again!