Monday, October 28, 2013

Day 7: Nothing About This Is Fun

Since it was Monday, the hospital got back up to running at its normal active level. That means lots of visits from doctors.

The physical therapist visited and went through a series of exercises. They walked a couple of laps and did chair exercises. The goal is to keep her moving now while she can. From here out, she's going to feel progressively worse as her blood counts drop, and when she feels bad she's not going to want to move around much.

The occupational therapist visited also and went through some exercises she can do in bed.

Her pain specialist came by to see how things were going. There was a bit of a miscommunication with the directions given to the nurses, so they have been a bit reluctant to give her what she needs to keep on top of the pain. The doctor cleared that up and the pain meds have been much more effective tonight.

Her oncologist stopped by also. Krista has swollen glands in her neck that he wanted to look at. He suspected that she had blocked salivary glands since it was in combination with her having difficulty swallowing food because of a dry mouth. He recommended sucking on a lemon to stimulate the salivary glands. She did this at dinner, but didn't feel any difference. 

Krista's kidney labs are still a bit off, so they continue to put extra water into her through the IV. This is making her use the restroom quite frequently, which is actually a good thing. She's feeling better today than yesterday, but was annoyed enough with it all that she said, "Nothing about this is fun," pointing at her IV pole she always has attached.

Thanks to Terry for bringing a meal to the kids and grandparents tonight. It's a relief to know that things are being taken care of back home while I help Krista through all this. We keep trusting that God's going to provide a way through it all.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

1 comment:

p3anut said...

Mike and Krista,

I should feel more thankful for the health and blessings I have....
hoping and praying for Krista's healing and strength.

Adam Grieco