I just got off the phone with Emily and she gave me the low down : )
Surgery went well...they did not use bone from her hip...(that's good...one less thing to heal)
they put 4 screws and a plate in her neck. They will continue to keep her sedated so that there is as little movement as possible to ensure stability.
I asked Emily how her fever was doing and she said that yesterday it was high but it's under control today. They suspect that she has some bacteria somewhere, possibly in the brain, which would be a type of meningitis, or some bacteria in her lungs. Emily said they took some pictures of her lungs but found nothing really conclusive, however that is where they think it is most likely coming from. Unfortunately there is just know way to know for sure. They have started her on a 14 day cycle of anti-biotics, so hopefully the bacteria will subside.
They are going to try and take her off the respirator later today!!!! (sorry, I think I have been calling it a ventilator all this time, hope that didn't confuse you)
They have been doing short little trial runs all day, to ensure that she will be able to tolerate breathing on her own. One of the concerns with keeping her on the respirator as long as they have, is that it increases her chances for respirator infection, so the sooner they can get her off of that, the better.
Emily was on here way back to Spokane and will return on Thursday or Friday. Kailah and Isaac went back to school today and she said her dad has been going home each day. They are trying to get a little bit of rest and sometimes going back to the day to day things helps. I'm sure their emotions have been exhausted. I continue to pray rest and strength for them as it is much needed for this long journey.
I will let you know if I hear more this evening on how she is doing with the respirator....until then Blessings to you all : )