Blogging to keep all of Susan's loved ones informed of her recovery.
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.