Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Day 15: Adrenal Correction

Today started out just like the past few days with nausea and vomiting, weakness and drowsiness. Krista and I talked about her difficulties, and the one thing she didn't complain about was pain. That seemed strange to me so I mentioned it. Maybe she was getting too much pain killer and it was the pain killer that was making her throw up? We agreed to talk to the pain specialist about it.

When the next doctor in a lab coat came in, we both thought she was from pain specialty. We explained about the symptoms and how we suspected too much pain killer, but it turned out that she was really an endocrinologist! Krista's adrenal function has been low, and this has always been associated with stomach problems. She thought Krista could use more hydocortizone and that should help with her stomach problems.

We eventually saw the pain specialist and had the pain killer reduced (it wasn't all that high anyway).

Glenn and Jannelle spent the day in the room with us. This was great for me to get some work done on my laptop, but it sure wasn't the most exciting time for them. Krista still slept a lot. (The transplant wipes everyone out, even without adrenal fatigue.) Still it was good to have them here so we could take bathroom shifts.

This afternoon was quite different. Krista started being more alert and more capable of getting up on her own. Then she asked for a popsicle! She hasn't been able to keep sips of water down, so this was huge. We ordered a popsicle and an italian ice. She ate them both and they both stayed down. Amazing! Later she ordered dinner: chicken broth, a popsicle, an italian ice, and apple sauce. Again she ate it all (except for the chicken broth that didn't taste good to her). No more vomitting since the morning. Thank you Jesus!
I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
(Lamentations 3:19-26)

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