Viruses are terrible

So the fluid pocket that Lennon had behind his liver definitely has a virus. It is called VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci) and is resistent to most treatment and is usually contracted by people who have had surgery, have no immune system etc.
So they are giving him antibiotics but it can take quite some time weeks to months before this virus is out of his system.

Other things I know about VRE (which you can read on the links below): is that is passed on from health professionals (ARGH) and/or when a specific antibiotic like vancomycin (hence the name) is used…which Lennon has been on quite a bit over the past few weeks.

He is on contact precautions i.e. nurses and doctors have to wear additional yellow gown and gloves before entering the room.

Washing hands is critical for sure so that it is not passed on to others.

More info can be found here : http://health.utah.gov/epi/fact_sheets/vre.html or here : http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/vancomycin-resistant-enterococci-vre-overview

He is still on the breathing tube but that may come out today or tomorrow. If I had a guess tomorrow seems more likely.

Peace!

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  1. My heart aches as I read the discouraging change in Lennon’s condition. It’s funny that we talk about these as a rollercoaster ride. It definitely has it’s ups and downs, but rollercoasters are usually considered to be fun … and this type of rollercoaster ride is anything but that. Until now things were looking good, we continue to hope and pray that the medication will help Lennon … our hope is that his body isn’t so stubborn this time that it allows his body to be resistent to the medicine. But in all other things it’s so great that he’s such a fighter and he keeps hanging in there. Keep fighting Lennon … you’ve done such a great job so far!!Since Lennon will not be home for Christmas I hope that at least he will be off the breathing tubes and awake so you can cherish some time with him … and hopefully as well with the rest of your family.Thinking and praying for you during this so very difficult and trying time.

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