Monday, July 21, 2014

Doing Better Tonight

It was a long day for Jack and Sarah today, again, but it looks like the night is ending on an encouraging note. 

The kidneys and bladder ultrasound (which they took last night at midnight) turned out to be OK. 
Jack was receiving maintenance fluids all day today and drinking well, but not much was going to his bladder. We're still not sure why, but apparently that is one of the rarer side effects of immunotherapy-- fluid retention. 
So he was looking all swollen and plump from retaining all that water. 
This evening he received some medication, I'm not sure what it's called, but it sends a signal to his body to get all that fluid to his bladder and shortly after he peed. 
So, hopefully he will get a handle on this retaining business soon. 
Overall he's making progress, last night he needed a catheter, but tonight he's taking care of business all on his own. (TCB as Elvis would say.)

His bones and joints are also extremely stiff and painful, so he can't move much, but he can take Tylenol for it. I'm not sure if it helps but it's something. 

He also got a blood transfusion tonight, his hemoglobin was a bit low. 
He promptly requested a PBJ sandwich. Carbs, sugar, fats and protein, exactly what he needs. 

No vomiting, no diarrhea, so that's something to be thankful for. 
On a side note, the doctor was still there at the hospital at 10:30 at night... I don't know how they do it. 

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