Surgery went well. She is resting and seems to be feeling a little better. The pressure is definitely lower in her head; her fontanel has gone from stiff and puffy to soft and squishy (I don't think those are the technical terms...)
It was a short procedure to pull the tube that drains her shunt out of her abdomen and attach it externally until the bacteria clears. Once the infection is under control, they will put in a new tube.
Unfortunately, shunts are not a perfect solution to spinal fluid overloads (hydrocephalus). They are easily infected, but they do an important job. It was a known risk; I thought we would have a little more time than 6 weeks before it caused problems.
Now she gets a range of broad spectrum antibiotics to manage the infection until they can figure out where to go next. Time to get comfy in another hospital unit.
THANK YOU to Auntie Lindi and Uncle Mike who drove from their house to Oakland to pick up MRI images and surgical reports from the other hospital and dropped them off with Chris at work this morning. MRI data files are too big to e-mail, apparently, so the most efficient way to transport them in a hurry is us driving all over the Bay Area.