This is Michael again. Stephanie has responded well to the EVD, which has almost constantly been draining spinal fluid since it was implanted Friday afternoon. Since several hours after that surgery, Stephanie has been much more alert and responsive. She still has spells of confusion but not to the extent they were a few days ago. While spending most of her time in bed, where she needs to be to keep her head level for draining, she has managed to get up a few times to go for a short walk. On one of those walks, she personally delivered some Krispy Kreme donuts to Katie and her awesome team of nurses and staff helping her out.
Unfortunately Stephanie has still been in quite a bit of pain. They’ve tried several different pain killers to help, and they provide temporary relief but usually wear off before she can take another dose. Her appetite has returned and she hasn’t been as nauseous (knock on wood), so there are positives and negatives.
Based on the fact that her cognitive abilities have improved with the EVD and the fact that the cultures of her spinal fluid so far have been negative to infection, the doctors are planning on pressing forward tomorrow (Tuesday) with another brain surgery. This one will remove the EVD and replace it with a shunt, which is a more permanent way to drain spinal fluid due to excess pressure without forcing her to be constrained to an external device and have to keep her head level with it at all times.
Please continue to pray for her, as well as for her neuro surgeon and his team as they prepare for this procedure. And thank you again for all the prayers you’ve already prayed as well as support you’ve shown Stephanie, me, and our families through these difficult times. Although we may not respond to every text, call, message, email, or post, we love reading them when we can and knowing how many people are thinking of us and praying for us.