Anyway, Carver is home now with his new shunt in place. It turns out that he had a staph infection on his first shunt, and it needed to be replaced. Sadly, shunts (as with any hardware in the body) have a very high risk of infection. Unfortunately, this means that the infection will likely come back again, since it is difficult to get the bacteria out of the plastic. If the infection were to return, it would only be millimeters away from his brain and spinal fluid. If that were to get infected, it would be an absolute nightmare for him. We had no choice but to remove it.
|Old shunt removed, EVD in place|
|EVD removed, new shunt in place|
Once all of his cultures came back clear without infection, they let us go home to heal up. I am so happy to be back home. Hopefully we won't need to go back for a very long time!
It was really hard going through this in the hospital with him. He has had to endure more operations and painful procedures than many of us experience in a lifetime. I understand that this might not be the last time we have to go to the hospital, but I surely hope that it is the last time in a long time.
On a bright note, Carver has been growing well and put on a full pound in just 3 weeks! He has been happy and charming as always... even going through all of this. He is such an inspiration.
Thank you to all of our friends and family who have shown us support and love, especially during this latest endeavor. Carver feels your love and so do we. It helps us get through the tough times. Thank you.
Now it's back to going home, sleeping, playing, eating, and growing. Carver will start physical therapy as well as occupational therapy this week, as well as getting in to his neurologist to discuss some possible seizure activity that might be starting. We want to make sure that we are covering all bases and helping him out as much as possible by catching things early.
We will be sure to keep you posted!
|On our way home!|