After a week of sporadic fevers, we finally got some answers today as to why Emily has been so extremely fussy and unhappy. Though none of the fevers have been over 101, Emily has been clingy, crying, and not eating all week and Christina reached a breaking point this morning, knowing that something just wasn’t right. She called the hospital and requested some cultures be done just in case something was going on.
Her intuition was correct and a visit to the Infusion room confirmed that Emily has an infection in her mouth. While not serious, the family was relieved to finally have answers, as well as something that could be treated. Emily received oral antibiotics that can be administered at home (Yay! No hospital admission!) as well as Tylenol with codeine to help manage her discomfort.
All of Emily’s siblings accompanied her to the hospital today for an exciting event hosted by the Children’s Miracle Network and stock car driver Marcos Ambros. Stanley Black & Decker, the Ace Hardware Foundation, and Richard Petty Motorsports have joined forces for “Race for a Miracle” a commitment to raise funds for children’s hospitals around the country. If Ambros wins his Sunday race in Sonoma, California, “Race for a Miracle” will donate $1 million on top of the funds they have already committed!
Though Emily missed some of the excitement while in the Infusion room, her brothers, sister, cousins, Aunt Marni, and Grammie all enjoyed a variety of activities in the hospital parking lot. They toured the giant rigs belonging to Ambros, watched a pit crew in action, and got lessons driving remote-control race cars from actual drivers!
U.C. Davis and the Children’s Miracle Network recognize the importance of making hospital stays a little less scary for patients and their families. Events like today’s are an important part of creating a positive environment and providing a break from the anxiety that serious illness creates. The staff at the U.C. Davis Children’s Hospital are so committed to the children in their care that ten nurses came in on their day off just to make sure there was enough support to get all the kids downstairs to see the race cars and drivers!
We are blessed that Emily is being treated at an excellent hospital with such a caring and compassionate team of providers. We also praise God today to have answers concerning Emily’s fevers and finally have a way to help bring her relief. In addition to not having to be admitted, we were thrilled to find out that Emily’s ANC has risen to 100 and her white blood cell counts have improved! We still don’t know what next week will bring but tonight the Love family gets to relax after an exciting and blessed day!