Sunday, November 10, 2013

Day 20: Accelerated Schedule

The white blood count continues to improve. Today it was an amazing 1.7. The oncologist says that if Krista continues at this rate that they may be able to discharge her from the hospital in about a week! This rapid production continues to cause quite a bit of lower back pain. She had been fairly low on pain killers, but now she's needing to get periodic boosts along with muscle relaxers which also seem to help some.

There's also a strange stomach thing going on. She is eating small amounts, but periodically she gets an intense feeling in her stomach that feels like if she doesn't eat something she will throw up. Once it actually happened; most of the time, however, if she eats a small amount the feeling goes away. We remember this symptom from the first transplant, where the only thing that stopped it was eating a small chunk of cheddar cheese. Maybe this is something we will have to be prepared for again.

Krista's phone is not functioning again after dropping it. I'm looking into local iPhone repair shops, and if anyone has a recommendation near Duarte, CA, please let me know. In the meantime, Krista won't be taking any calls or checking email.

Glen and Jannelle left this afternoon to stop at their time-share in Las Vegas for a bit before heading back to their home in Colorado. It was really great to have them here (thanks for all the help!). Now that they're gone, I'll need to lean on the nurses more to get breaks. They're really good here, and Krista's doing so much better, that this shouldn't be a problem.

The bigger problem is the week after next. I have a week-long training event I should really be at in Santa Barbara starting November 18. If Krista does well and gets discharged then she will be staying in "The Village" apartments during this time - and while she's there she needs someone with her all the time. Also, we would like to bring the boys down during Thanksgiving break, but they would not be allowed to stay with her in the Village. I was planning on getting a hotel, but couldn't stay there and have Krista in the Village. These are complicated problems that I don't see any obvious solutions to, so please join me in praying for scheduling wisdom the next couple of weeks.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
(2 Corinthians 9:8)

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