We got to come home! Woohoo! Her levels are apparently 'not brilliant', but at this stage she is ok to be at home as she has stabilised and no longer needs antibiotics.
In other exciting news, DP and I bought a farm today! Yes, that's correct, a FARM! In May we sold our house and settlement occurred on the 17th August, right in the middle of all this. Until her diagnosis we were in house-hunting mode and arranging finance. Our pre-approval did thankfully come through. The bank doesn't know I had to resign but it doesn't matter now that we have approval, plus our mortgage will only be about $825 per month due to the great price we got for our house here.
The purchasers of our house were investors so we have stayed on as tenants after settlement, but the rent is $2123 per month ($490 per week), which is too much for us now that we are down to one income.
The farm is in Gippsland (Victoria) so we will have a bit of driving to do, but overall we will be better off financially and this is what we were planning to do all along. We have lots of family and friends who can help with the move if need be. We have talked to the hospital staff about going rural and they said that there are plenty of families who live rurally who are receiving treatment there. There are support services available to us, and if DD were to get sick we would take her to the nearest regional hospital and she can be transported from there.
I know it possibly seems like a crazy thing to do while all this is going on, but we just cannot afford to stay in town paying the high rent. DP is a tradie and will have no trouble getting work out this way. In fact he has been offered a supervising job already based in one of the nearest towns just 20 minutes away. Plus we will now be just 20 minutes down the road from my dad's farm and 45 minutes the other way out of town from my mum and stepdad's house (we are currently 45 minutes away from mum's, the other way). So in actual fact we are going to be closer to one of my parents at least.
DD is excited that we bought a farm so it's nice that she has something to look forward to