Jodi felt better for a while last night while the lumbar drain was closed and enjoyed some nice visits, though she couldn't get out of bed or even raise her head much. Once they started the drain again the terrible headaches resumed, accompanied by vomiting that kept her up all night.
This morning the drain was closed again and has remained closed all day. Jodi has been complaining about neck stiffness and pain, a symptom of meningitis, so they drained some fluid for testing and the results were negative. As a precaution the doctors have put her on a cocktail of three antibiotics so she currently has four IVs going. She’s pretty miserable and really looking forward to feeling better. With the drain closed we don't understand why she is still doing so poorly.
The plan is to check for nasal leakage in the morning and if the leak continues we’ll proceed with the operation to close the Eustachian tube sometime tomorrow and hope that solves the problem.