Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day 14 One small thing left to do.

When it rains, it pours.  Something unknown is giving Susan horrible itching.  The benadryl injections are doing no good; the good Infectious Diseases Doctor wrote for an antihistamine twice as strong and some cortisone cream.  After having the drugs for 30 minutes, she went to sleep -- something she didn't do last night.

The surgeon's partner called on us with a further status report on the fistula on the drain tube and the small intestine.  The course of treatment Susan selected was to go onto IV feeding through Monday at the latest.  If by slight chance the draining material goes back to the correct color or to zero ccs/day say on Friday, then the tube can be pulled, and Susan can be discharged.  If it doesn't, we go to Monday. If there are no changes, Susan goes home with the drain until it produces nothing.  All things are healing well; her "getting stronger" campaign will resume when She leaves the hospital.

We are searching for a needle in a haystack. Actually, what we seek was probably lost to the Katrina floods; old records get stored in basements that tend to fill up first when it floods outside.  There is one more contact to make, who might possibly save the day if she can locate 24 year-old medical records that were either scanned or stored above ground level.

We were starting to stimulate her taste buds with an "Aunt Patsy Cheesecake."  She got one bite today.  I'm going to freeze some pieces for her future enjoyment.
As has been said for decades, so it goes...
Love to all John


tamara said...

Thank you so much, John for the detailed reports. You have helped me feel like I know what's happeninng and to surpress my urge to call often. We continue to pray for you all. Take care of each other. Love to Susan. Hugs, Tamara

Bob said...
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Bob said...

Hey John and Susan--would like to pay a visit, but not at the price of interrupting Susan's recuperation! Let me know when might be a good time. I could stop by and wash dishes, give Susan a manicure, play poker--I don't know--anything "productive" like that. Thinking of you, Big Daddy

Diana said...

John, I feel the same as Tamara. I really appreciate being able to keep up with Susan through your updates. Give her my love. I am thinking of both of you! Diana Cunningham