Monday, April 14, 2008

Transplant Day 12

Today has been another mixed day. I want to first thank our son-in-law Jeremy for coming to St Louis to donate platelets for Doc. It took some work, but he was able to donate them directly. Doc's platelet count is back down to 6 tonight so they are planning to give Jeremy's to him tonight. That was very nice of him to come all this way to do that for Doc. I did talk to the doctor this morning and ask why they were having so much trouble getting platelets for Doc. He said that doc is CMV negative. Not very many people in the population is still CMV negative so that is why they are having so much trouble. Jeremy is also negative that is why he was able to donate to Doc.

Unfortunately Doc's counts did not go back up today. They did start him on the neupogen shots. Those are the shots he took in the past to help stimulate his counts to come back up quicker. I talked to the main doctor tonight while Jeremy was still here (thank you Lord for bring him back tonight) he said that some people don't start going up for up to 21 days. A lot of you have been asking me how long it could be, but I couldn't answer them. He said that hopefully Doc will start before day 21. He thought that maybe Doc was delayed because of how sick he was from the pre-transplant medicine. As always it will be in God's time.

Today Doc gave me another scare. He felt like he had to get sick this morning while one of the doctors was in the room. He coughed up a huge blood clot. After that his heart went into atrial fibrillation. His pulse kept jumping up and down. It got as high as 182 beats per minute. They had to give him medicine three times before they got it to come down a little and stay under control. They have continued him on some medicine for the rapid and irregular heart beat and as of the time I was writing this blog he is doing much better. He is having problems with his kidneys and his liver right now. The doctors are trying to balance the medicine he needs with these problems.

I want to thank everyone for the continued prayers, cards and well wishes again they continue to humble us. May God continue to bless all of you as he does us.


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