Slightly better day. At one point Jane was down to about 70% oxygen, although as of 9 pm she was up to 80% again. Sounds like she was on 100% briefly, but tonight's Awesome Nurse got her back down again by flipping her on her belly. She does like sleeping on her stomach, but as my sister pointed out yesterday almost all of us on my side of the family are side/stomach sleepers, so she comes by it honestly.
No real changes are being made in Jane's treatment, and there's a chance that she hasn't got pneumonia at all -- that her white blood cell count is up only because of the steroids she's been on.
You'd think they'd know whether someone has pneumonia or not. I guess I always assumed that with a significant disease doctors would have a definitive way of determining whether you've got it or not. But no. And, of course, nothing is easy with preemies. A little googling (what did we do before Google? I can hardly recall those dark ages. Did we all have well-thumbed reference libraries? Or did we sit around idly wondering about things?) um, what? Oh, right. Dr. Google tells me that preemies are particularly hard to diagnose because (1) the symptoms are the same as so many other things preemies frequently have, (2) there are several kinds of pneumonia, and (3) it's easy to get false positives (from common microcritters in the nose and throat) and false negatives (because the infection is to deep to swab).
Awesome Nurse thinks Jane simply looks and acts too much like a healthy kid to have an infection. Haven't we heard this song before? Anyway, barring any major changes tomorrow, Jane is going to be left alone treatment-wise until Monday when the team will reconvene to brainstorm. She also said that when they have a really hard time figuring out what's going on, they'll bring in the infectious disease people. Well. Huh. That would be something, wouldn't it?