Hey folks this is Rob.
Thank you all for the great show of support and concern. It really does make it easier knowing that there are so many great and generous people that care about about some lousy railroaders kid. We love the comments, texts, voicemails and visits.
Charlie is still, whithout doubt, up "Sh!# Creek" and we are desperatly looking for a paddle. But by damn this kid can swim. He continues to amaze us every hour. His condition is still "Critical but stable." Our biggest hope is that he's not getting worse and in most cases that are as severe as Charlie's kids are a little further south. Today is a big day for the little man. He'll have an MRI around noon that will give the doc's a better picture of what damage has been done to his thinker and also show if there are any pockets of infection that the atibiotics aren't reaching. Their a bit concerned about that because his "Posturing" (clinching fists, pointing toes, straight arms) is getting stiffer/severe. Nueronal posturing is one of the signs that you've got a pissed of central nervous system. So we're nervous about that just because the after effects of menegitis can be so severe. We are also hopeful, and my new motto is to remain "Cautiously optomistic", that because of all the faith, prayers, and fasting we'll have good news. On a brighter note, the mood of the physicians is changing. Doc's are, for the first, time talking about what they are going to do in two or three days not just right now and hope it works.
Primary Childrens has been a sanctuary and if you have a sick kid, come one come all, and if you come in a ambulance you don't have to wait in the e.r. waiting room. The staff is unbelieveable. Dr. Russel Osgathorpe has become our anchor, he is the Infectious Disease guy and our new best friend. He coined the phrase "Cautiously Optomistic" and made the comment about the severity of Charlie's Gramm stain. Dr. Ventre (or as I call her "Drill Seargent Ventre") is a phenomenal advocate and the kind of Doc you want on your side. Charlies nurses; Sarah, Megan, Sydney and Parker are a different breed. In getting to know them I've realized that if your a RN and you even remotely suck you won't ever work in the Primary Children's PICU. They are all so compasionate, informative and assuring. But I want to thank you all the most. For your prayers and encouragement, we need it and more importantly Charlie needs it. Meg and Suz, thanks for maintaining this blog, it's a lifesaver. Angel and I love you all.