I woke up this morning to learn that Averi's cultures came back negative, she's keeping her oxygen levels up all by herself, and she's being discharged from the PICU! It was a great way to wake up. Of course we didn't actually get to leave until late in the afternoon but it still happened. After 13 long days, good riddance and may we never see you again!
It was nice getting back to J5 (the oncology floor) until we learned that there are still a few hoops to jump through before cycle 2 can start. They decided to continue her antibiotics for 4 more days in hopes of thoroughly getting rid of any bacteria. Once those are done, more cultures will be run with no antibiotics in her system to make doubly sure that she is clean (another two days). Finally, we have to get an OK from anesthesia to intubate her again so soon after being on the vent so that they can do the bone marrow biopsy that is required before starting cycle 2.
I'm thinking it will be a while before we actually get around to the chemo and my hopes of Averi being home for Thanksgiving are pretty much dead. At least I can look out a window while I pout.