Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I just never know what to expect from day to day. Very early this morning, I woke up to Krista wretching into a bucket. It's very strange that this would develop out-of-the-blue like that. She didn't have a fever, and she didn't throw up anymore after that. Instead, it turned into bouts of diarrhea. With no fever, and no visible blood, it didn't require a call to UCLA. So I administered apple sauce and bananas, keeping with the BRAT diet recommended for gastrointestinal problems.

I did end up calling UCLA, but only to get the lab results from Friday's labs. Everything checked out just fine. Platelets were at 101,000, white blood at 5.3, red blood at 11.1. Potassium was 4.3, right in the middle of normal. All the liver functions were within the normal range also. The only unexpected value was in the creatine level being slightly elevated up to 1.7, where the top of normal is 1.4. The transplant coordinator told me that since the BUN results were within normal that it probably means that she needs to drink more -- about a cup an hour.

The kids got to have a very special park-day at Chase Palm Park. Since it is the last one for the year, they decided to make it a real good one, complete with water guns. I wasn't expecting a water fight, so Trevor and I picked up some piston-styled soakers while Adam was at his drum lesson. Then they got all suited up and I dropped them off at the park where there were lots of other Homesteaders. I had to go to work for a meeting (where I learned that there was a 24-hour virus going around that causes symptoms like Krista was having), and the Martons brought the kids back for me -- along with a terriaki chicken dinner. Regina Shea also brought us a tortellini dinner. That was pretty fun to have a smorgasbord of sorts, and Krista was feeling good enough by dinnertime to partake. Thanks Katherine and Regina! And praise God that Krista is feeling better!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
(Proverbs 3:5-8)

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