9:30 AM: We had a great day yesterday, and everything is turning out right, medically-speaking. The blood culture from the 15th has stayed negative, and she didn't have any fevers yesterday, so things are looking good for getting out of here. The doctors checked in with us this morning and said they just need to stabilize the dosage of the gentamycin, so we can be released either late tonight or early tomorrow. Given how far away we live, Randall and I think tomorrow would be better. He's going to take care of some things at home and then pick up Elisabeth and bring her here. We'll hang out together for a while and then I'll take Elisabeth home (and I'll probably take a load of Sophie's things with me so there won't be so much to haul tomorrow). I asked how long the course of antibiotics will be (last time it was 10 days). They said because this infection is a little more serious, she'll be on both antibiotics for 14 days, which will run through 5/29. Amazingly, that's the day before we leave for New Mexico, so we'll be in good shape for travelling. The doctors said there's no reason we shouldn't be able to take her on the trip.
One hard thing about being in the hospital is meeting families whose children have relapsed. Two we've met this time are Aurora, age 5, whose Wilms tumors (kidney tumors) have now spread to her lungs, and Maci, age 3, who has relapsed from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). Many people who have seen Sophie say that her hair looks like Maci's did before it fell out this second time. These girls we've met are both adorable and have really nice families. We'll certainly be holding them in our hearts.