Thank you so much for the prayers and well wishes, it
really means the world to us. By the time this is
over we may just have somebody in every state praying
for Emma. The outreach has been truly amazing, thanks
Emma had her blood drawn yesterday and her WBC count
was down to ~27k. Still not good but at least it was
down. On the flip side she was running a 104F temp
last night. Her chest tube continues to drain which
is good, but the doctor will continue the enzyme
treatment until they run out (I guess). We have been
making her walk a little a couple of times per day and
although she protets very loudly, it really it what
she needs to help speed up the recovery.
Although the doctor(s) are not forthright with
everything, I think what may be happening is that
because her lung has not fully re inflated, the
infection continues to be able to "hide" and re-scar
or form additional abscesses or pus pockets, thereby
allowing the infection to continue and not improve.
The technical term here is empyema. The following
link will describe what Emma has been battling.
If the enzyme/chest tube treatment is not successful
she will most likely require a decortication. They
are not set up to do that with a pediatric patient
here on Guam so they are considering transporting her
to somewhere like Hawaii, possibly this coming
Saturday am. We are praying this is not the case.
We should know more later this morning because the AF
requires 24hr notice in order to medivac Emma on a
Again, thank you so much for the support. You may not
think it is much but it really helps to keep us going.
Jonathan and Erika