I called Luke and he said he finally got the CT scan report from the vascular surgeon. The CT scan showed nothing new. That's good news! In fact, the surgeon was surprised that the pulmonologist had even ordered one. Luke, of course, was very frustrated with the slow communication today. He said it was so hard getting ahold of these doctors to find out what was going on. Dr. Spak (pronounced Dr. Spock---which Luke thought was hysterical!) is the infectious disease specialist and he basically told Luke he "was on the job." He's found no infection at this point. He said she's "just running a fever." Emily's fever is down to 99 degrees. They will continue doing tests every day, he said.
Luke was very encouraged by the surgeon. He was very optimistic about Emily's progress. He's the one who did the original surgery on Emily--so he has a better perspective than most. Luke came away feeling good after talking to him. Like we reported earlier, they do still plan on doing a trach. This is because they're thinking Emily's recovery is going to be more long-term than we'd expected. Even though they've reduced her respirator level to a 5, they plan on keeping her on it for awhile. So the trach is necessary. Luke said her mouth is full of sores already from it. The trach will help her so much---and I'm sure she'll be much more comfortable with it.
She's still not on dialysis and is still having good output. They don't plan on putting her back on dialysis tomorrow at this point. They want to do some more blood workup tomorrow. Luke did say that Emily was more "puffy" because of not being on dialysis and retaining more fluid. And she does have some fluid on her lungs.
But...all in all, Luke felt like Emily had a good day.
Something I've learned is to pray scripture--out loud. It's the sword that the Spirit wields. (Ephesians 5: 16) Would you agree with me? Would you find scripture to pray over Emily? And would you please post the scripture that you're praying in the comment section? That would mean so much for us to all come in agreement with the same scripture. His Word doesn't return to Him void.
*Pray for the fever to completely go down
*Pray Emily's kidneys are beginning to function
*Pray that Emily's lungs are healed
*Pray that the swelling goes away in all of her body
*Pray for Luke, Janis & the children. We know it's hard being on the front lines of this battle
*Pray that all of the bills are covered
*Pray that every physical, mental, emotional & spiritual need is met in the Panter family
"And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God. Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God's consecrated people)."