I hesitate to post this because we are still not certain what the outcome will be. But I figured I might as well take you guys along for the roller coaster ride so you can hear everything that we hear.
We got the results of the CT scan, and it doesn't sound very good. There is a good size abscess underneath the sternal wall. Dr. Hanley (surgeon) and Dr. Lewis (immunologist & infectious disease) still need to review the scan themselves, but after getting the report from radiology it sounds like there are a couple of options.
One might be to go back to the OR to drain the abscess. I can not even fathom this possibility right now. That means another open heart surgery, another intubation, more chest tubes, etc. Basically starting over from square one. If this is the case I will request that Dr. Hanley is the only person whose hands are inside my child, since I'd like to minimize the possibility of anymore raging infections.
Another possibility would be some serious antibiotics for 4-6 weeks. I don't think I can stay in this room for another 4-6 weeks. I will go crazy. They will wish I was gone.
Of course, there is also the possibility that they will review the CT and come up with some different course of action. Who knows? That is the fun of being in the hospital.
So please pray for wisdom for the team of doctors that will be making these decisions. Please pray that we will be able to stand firm and endure whatever the future holds for us. And pray that our faith remains strong. I will update again tonight when hopefully we will have more information.