Dr. Hillary (works with Dr. Osguthorpe) came in to explain that they would like to do the MRI today at 5:00. She explained a little more about the gram stain sample that was taken from the spinal tap that diagnosed his meningitis. She even showed us a picture of a typical bacteria meningitis gram stain. The strep pneumococal bacteria is "gram positive" so it reacts to the staining material by turning purple. It also clusters in pairs. Earlier we mentioned that they would be testing his blood for appropriate antibody formation. Charlie was immunized for meningitis at 2, 4, and 6 months so they were curious if he made the right amount of antibodies in response the that exposure. He did! That is good news that there isn't an underlying immune problem. The next question is... Did his body recognize the organism when it came? We won't get this answer until later.
Dr. Filloux (previously we hae referred to him Dr. Fieu, sorry), the neurologist checked him out and said he is glad to see he is a little more alert. His legs aren't as tense and will pull away. His arms are very tense and clenched. He would like to have seen less posturing and equal eyes but this is still one good sign. He also agreed with Dr. Osguthrope that an MRI would be a good idea. Since they are doing an MRI of the brain they might as well check his spinal cord for any chance of abcess (pocket of infection) in or by the spinal cord. If there is they might drain it just like if there is an abcess in the brain.
He was looking around and aggitated for quite some time this morning. He even crinkled his little face in an effort to cry. It broke my heart.
posted by Angel