Well, we made it. After a long and bumpy ambulance ride (no lights and sirens) we arrived at the HUGE children's hospital complex down in Milwaukee. Mae did great on the way here and had no problems with the trip. She has now been seen by 3 resident docs here and we've gone through the whole story more times than I'd like to count. She right now is receiving her first dose of IV penicillin here at Children's. She's still off the IV fluids and is eating and drinking well, or at least the usual.
Here at Children's the food is much better than regular old hospital food. They have a menu in the room with every kid friendly food imaginable and I can call in her order anytime she wants and they'll bring up it up within 45 minutes. Tonight she ordered (for the third straight meal in a row) mac and cheese. I think it actually had real cheese in it, and she ate it surprisingly enough. She ate most of her fruit cup as well with the exception of the hard honeydew melon that she refused, and right now she's eating a super Delicious looking chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. Okay, I guess that's why she ate everything else first, the promise of that mouth watering cupcake was enough to kick start her wimpy appetite.
Her right ankle is still very red and is in a fair amount of pain but the swelling and redness in her right knee and left elbow have gone down considerably. She still is not walking or bearing any weight on that right leg so we have been helping her to the bathroom and shifting around in bed. her spirits are good except that by now she knows that everyone is here for HER, so she's starting to become a tad demanding and bossy but I can't say that I blame her. I guess it all balances out in the end. You poke me, I'll request a glass of water, then 5 minutes later a glass of juice, then a video game, then Spongebob on the TV, etc...
She hasn't had any of the testing yet (the main reason we came down here) but hopefully tomorrow she'll have those done. I guess there is no big rush as long as she's getting the IV antibiotics, but I really am curious as to what they will find and what the corresponding treatment will be.
She was supposed to go to a birthday party tonight but obviously that didn't happen. She was really bummed by that but I promised her that when she gets home she will be able to have the Birthday girl over for a playdate. Tomorrow we're expecting some visitors to come see her here. She's looking forward to that and my younger brother has agreed to let me borrow his laptop for a few days so I can keep updating here for the out of town fam. and concerned bloggers. Thanks bro, I knew you would come in handy one day!
For now that's about it, her leg still hurts but the fever is gone and everything else looks good. We have no idea yet when she will be released, but one doc said that she needs to be able to walk before they will send her home and that is still (in my estimation) a few days off. I know we are in good hands and if anyone can solve this, it will be the doctors here.