The Broviac catheter will allow the doctors to give Emily medications and to take blood without having to continuously stick her with needles. Catheters like this normally last the entire duration of a patient’s treatment, which means she should only have to go through this procedure once. It will require careful cleaning at home, a process which the nurses will teach Christina and Jason before they leave the hospital. Because the catheter is on Emily’s chest, it will be mostly hidden from view and as Emily is released from the hospital, the doctors say she should be able to wear her own clothes and most people won’t have a clue she is currently undergoing treatment!
Emily is battling a fever and we are pending culture results to see if it’s due to bacteria or the Leukemia itself. She is receiving broad spectrum antibiotics and Tylenol. The IV line in her left arm was removed today and Emily showed her delight by throwing a few things across the room…just to make sure the arm still works of course! LOL. Though she doesn’t feel good, she is feisty as ever and this is reassuring to all. Thank you for your continued prayers.