Just so we could really round out 2020, Olivia and I are currently going on our 2nd night in the hospital at San Raffaele.
The other day around 2am she started to get a fever and it kept coming back. The following morning (yesterday, the 29th) it was accompanied by some strange eye movements. So after a call to the pediatrician on call in we went.
While awaiting a urine sample (because we suspected it to be a UTI), they took a blood test which confirmed her CRPs were up significantly (a c-reactive protein test measures the level of c-reactive protein (CRP) in your blood. It’s sent into your bloodstream in response to inflammation).
We were then admitted and taken to get her an EEG because of her eye movements that morning (she kept blinking and looking around and it was as if she had trouble keeping her eyes open). Keira had an EEG before as part of her gene therapy treatment so I was prepared – they put a little cap over your head with nodes in it that have gel, and the wires are connected to the machine they use. Results, thankfully, came back normal. Her eye movements were determined to be due to her very high fever (nearly 105) and we were instructed to call immediately and video it if it happens again.
Since then, Olivia has been on antibiotics via IV to take care of the infection and Ibuprofen/Tylenol to handle the fever.
Today, they also did an ultrasound of her kidneys to make sure everything was functioning properly.
After more antibiotics today and a blood test tomorrow we will hopefully be discharged so we can ring in 2021 with the rest of the family and not here at the hospital.
What a year it has been! Never a dull moment. Full of surprises. But also full of hope.
Here’s to a much better year in 2021! 🎆