Jim and family had been here about half an hour when Johnny got two more visitors. Pro skaters Kenny Anderson and Chris Haslam are in town for the opening of the new skatepark in Houston and stopped by the Hospital to surprise Johnny. Kenny was part of the group of skaters that spent time with Johnny at his first MAW Texas Jam, and he has kept track of him ever since. He has got to be one of the coolest and most laid back people ever. Johnny had never met Chris before today, but they really seemed to hit it off. I know they were probably really busy, but they seemed comfortable just hanging out. It was super cool for those guys to take the time to visit Johnny. I think he had a really nice morning.
The ID doctors stopped by to explain the plan for continued treatment of Johnny's bacterial infection. Although the really nasty bug in his blood seems to be responding well to treatment the doctors need to keep him on the antibiotics that target that infection for at least another 10 days. They also believe he has a secondary infection in the walls of his gal bladder and intestines. They started him on another antibiotic to treat that infection, and said the initial plan is for 14 days of doses by IV. That means Johnny will be in the hospital for at least another two weeks. That should take him through the end of the first block of treatment. The second block starts with a scheduled 5 day hospital stay, so it is very possible that Johnny will be here for the next three weeks straight. I could tell that when he heard this he wanted to react, but he didn't. I don't think he wanted anyone to see that he was upset.
At some point while everyone was still there it became obvious that Johnny hit a wall. Kenny and Chris needed to get back to the park, and Jim took the family to the zoo for a while to give Johnny some time to rest. Shortly after everyone cleared out Julie showed up with Kathleen, Joey, and Sophie. By that time it was clear that Johnny wasn't just tired, but really not feeling well. He started turning red, and his temp started rising. My first thought was that the infection was returning, but the doctors think that he may be allergic to the new antibiotic. They treated him with Benedril, and he quickly lost the redness, but his temperature remained high (flirting with 103). It's after 10pm as I write this and it has only now dropped below 101. It's good that the reaction probably isn't directly due to infection, but it sucks that he appears to be allergic to the first choice of treatment. Apparently nothing is going to be simple and easy this time around.
The Thiebauds returned in the afternoon, and since Johnny wasn't feeling that well we all gave him some space and only spent short periods in the room. That seemed to work well, and it was really good to get to spend some time catching up. Kathleen took the kids back to the house around 6p, so that Julie and I could spend the evening together with Johnny. I think Johnny liked having both of us in the same place for a while, and I agree. Julie and I have literally been passing each other in the parking lot as we traded off staying with Johnny this last week.
Johnny seems to be feeling a little better, and is resting comfortably. Even though he didn't get out of bed much, it was a pretty big day for him. He is worn out.