We brought Harper to UT Medical Center in Knoxville late Friday night to have surgery to repair her malfuntioning shunt. She had surgery around 1 a.m. Saturday and has done well so far. We’re waiting to see if the shunt that was repaired was infected or not. We’ll have a better plan of action tomorrow when we speak with her regular neurosurgeon.

 We did get some good news today from the neurosurgeon who performed the surgery. The culture of the cerebrial/spinal fluid they took from her brain during surgery does not indicate infection. Cultures on the tip of the catheter aren’t back yet, but we’re taking this as good news. Pray we continue to get good news tomorrow.

Harper is doing very well, all things considered. She’s sleeping a lot, but when she’s awake, she’s happy and active. She’s such a brave girl and we’re so proud of the way she’s handling this situation.  

We doing are OK for the most part – just tired, stressed and worried. We did finally get some sleep last night so we’re functioning a bit better today. And we can’t say enough about the staff here at UT. They’re letting us stay in a hospital room here on the pediatric unit. They have a low census and don’t need the room for patients so we’re staying right across the hall from Harper. It’s nice being so close.

We’ll post more as we know it. Here is a photo of Harper we took this morning.