After shift change last night, another blood culture turned up positive for bacteria.  We met a new doctor that explained that the type of bacteria is common to what you would find on plastics and skin, so his assumption was that the bacteria may have been introduced on the shunt device.  Due to this new activity, he ordered an IV and antibiotics even though her CRP levels have dropped below pre-surgical levels and no other indicators for infection or inflammation are present.    He indicated that this is really a safety precaution and not a setback.  She is healing up nicely and her gap/drainage is becoming less pronounced.

Later on today we will be meeting with physical therapy folks to evaluate her limbs and joints and start  whatever therapy we can while she is being monitored.

Medical Update from University of Tennessee NICU