We've heard all kinds of stuff out of Charlotte in the past 24 hours.
"I don't like being sick."
"I don't want to throw up anymore."
"Why doesn't Trenton ever throw up?"
"I don't want to be in the hospital anymore."
This girl is so tired of always being sick.
And tired of getting medicine.
Yes, she has resorted to covering her mouth while she sleeps in hopes of not being given any more medicine. And no, we don't leave the towel like that.
Charlotte had blood work done and a urine sample taken when we got to the hospital yesterday, more blood work done this morning, and an ultrasound this morning.
From all of those, it looks like Charlotte has a urine infection that has moved into her kidneys. The doctors said that someone who has been on antibiotics for so long (Charlotte has been taking maintenance antibiotics every night for quite some time now), can have bacteria brewing that never turns into an infection. But if something interferes with the normal chemistry of things, like surgery, the bacteria can jump at the chance and cause an infection. We don't know exactly which type of bacteria we're dealing with yet since urine cultures can take up to 48 hours for final results to come back, but preliminary results do show that there is something growing.
So bacteria plus normal swelling from surgery can cause a mess - as they have in this case.
Charlotte's blood work has shown that her both her potassium and creatinine levels are higher than normal. This means that her kidneys are not functioning properly to get these substances out of her body. The kidneys are also not keeping up eliminating the fluid that Charlotte is taking in (by IV), so she has some fluid retention going on too. She is being given a medication to lower the potassium levels, and will have more blood work done tonight to see how well the medicine worked. The doctors have also put Charlotte on a stronger antibiotic since her fevers have not started dropping.
So, that's where we stand for now.
Thank you all for your support, words of encouragement, and continued prayers.