Still Doing the Hospital Thing
This is actually Jill’s sister, Debbie, writing this post. Jill is a much better writer than I am, but I’ll give this a shot. Since her last post a few things have happened. I’ll cut and paste some of her comments from various e-mails she sent the family over the weekend – those will be in blue text – and add a few comments of my own.
Since her last post in the wee hours of Saturday morning, she’s had another litre of fluid drained from her right lung. I got to observe this procedure yesterday. It didn’t appear to be quite as pain free as Jill said in a previous post. This drainage was a lot closer to the rib that had cancer, which probably explains the extra soreness. But it did allow her to breath much easier – which is a good thing.
The lung specialist (Dr. Park) visited yesterday and was informative and helpful. He said the excess fluid in her body is what’s causing her heart to race – so no Congestive Heart Failure (Hooray!). The fluid buildup is strictly due to the cancer. In addition to draining the litre of fluid, he started Jill on a drug call Albumin which takes excess fluid from your body and moves it to your blood stream to be expelled. According to Jill, this is working quite well:
”The albumin is working. Heart rate is coming down. Putting out a prodigious amount of ‘output’ for the nurses to measure. I will keep them hopping tonight. They asked if I wanted a sleeping pill, but I told them I’d just end up wetting the bed every five minutes. Might be tired tomorrow, but maybe I won’t look like Mrs. Potatohead any more.”
Dr. Park is also deciding if her wants to put in a permanent drain to keep the fluid buildup under control. He had to special order this drain, so it would be another couple of days. He may not do this if the Albumin does it’s job. Oddly enough, he also said she is probably dehydrated after having so much fluid drained – who knew. There’s the still the possibility of lung surgery, brain surgery and new chemotherapy looming.
Some additional good news things. Jill was having problems with her jaws locking – this is related to low calcium levels. She was given Tums to resolve that problem. She was also having flashing lights in her eyes. This appears to be related to the dehydration. We’ll know a lot more after today.
“Day of scans and consults….Brain MRI is first this morning. Docs are just going to be popping in and out. I have no idea how to keep up.”
That’s it for now. Either Jill or I will post more information. Please continue to pray for Jill and her husband and son. Prayers are being answered all the time and we really feel God’s presence. Thanks to all of you that have been so supportive throughout this process. It means a lot to all of us.