Friday, May 22, 2009

Testing the Leak - More Lumbar Drain Needed

Well, the test the doctors wanted to do by clamping the lumbar drain and having Jodi more physically active showed that there is still some leaking of spinal fluid. It didn't come out of her nose, but there was a small amount that came down the back of her throat. It has a salty taste and that's how they know. So they've restarted the lumbar drain at 15cc's per hour and will continue that until tomorrow and then test it again.

Jodi did get up to go to the bathroom and was up on her feet longer than she has been and of course she did the "exercising" a little earlier. While she is still on pain medication her head pain didn't explode the way it has done before, so there is clearly a lot of progress.

This actually doesn't feel discouraging, because there really has been so much progress and Jodi knows she is so close to having this leak problem fixed. She is still feeling much better. These past two days since the appeal for "extra prayers" have been wonderful evidence of those prayers being heard and answered. Thanks again to each of you!


Brandi said...

I'm so glad you were able to get up today without such excruciating pain. I pray that your days will get more and more like this.

How sweet of Trenden to fast for you three days in a row. What a great kid!

Take care! You will start getting stronger every day!



britt said...

baby steps, right?! try not to get discouraged my friend. Love to you and PLEASE call me if there is anything I can do, or help with the kids!!

Pam said...

Jodi, you are an inspiration to me, over and over. This post doesn't discourage me either, Von. Progress has truly begun.