Journal entry by Leslie Cavanaugh

Day +21

Well, with all my bragging about how good Alyssa was doing, it came back to bite me on the butt.  About 12 hours after the last post, she started feeling REALLY bad. Chronic nausea, vomiting, high fever, diarrhea, coughing...you name it, she had it.  The one thing the doctors kept stressing throughout ...”this is perfectly normal, she will have bad days”. The silver lining in all this, was that her blood counts are still very high. Her numbers are good (and still are).  They ran a multitude of tests to see if they could pinpoint an exact cause, i.e. if she had viral, fungal or bacterial infection.  They did x-rays, CT scans, tested stool samples and respiratory samples, etc.  The only thing that came back positive was the enterovirus which we knew she had from last week.  Needless to say, she did not get her 4 hour pass on Sunday.  Today, Tuesday, she finally is feeling better! No fever last night, no vomiting, she’s eating some and she went to PT today and did 2 miles on the bike.  

The attending just came in and told her she is cleared to get her 4 hour pass tomorrow! YAY!! I know the change of scenery will do her good.  We are very limited on where she can go.  So, she will be heading back to out Airbnb and maybe we can even time it where she can have dinner at home.
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