Saturday, April 25, 2015
Last night was frightening . . .
Late last night Phil had to get another chest x-ray and now we know he has pneumonia. He also had to do the whole prep think (drinking contrast) so he could have a CT scan. His stomach became distended and they feared a bowel obstruction. No obstruction—but he has “ascites” (fluid accumulating in the peritoneum—the lining between the organs and the abdomen wall).
The ascites could be caused by poor liver function, due to all the tumors in his liver, or it could be that the cancer has spread to his peritoneum. If it gets worse, he may need to have the fluid drawn out through a needle into the area where it’s swelling.
He also spiked another fever of 100.8 around 1:00 a.m. Liz stayed till then, and Becky stayed all night. Becky was able to change her dad's IV from one arm to the other, and draw some blood for labs. Phil said she's so good at it that he didn't feel a thing! I might have said he's an EMT tech. Oops. She's an ER Tech and an Advanced EMT.
One good thing, today Phil's blood levels are all improving. His neutrophil count is up to 700!!! That made us all happy. It means his immunities are building back up.
Best case scenario: Phil will continue to have IV antibiotics for the next 24 hours. If he doesn’t have another fever, they will switch to oral antibiotics and watch him for another 24 hours. If he goes both days without a fever, he can go home.
Worst case scenario: If he has another fever above 100.4, he has to be transferred to the hospital at Huntsman to work with an Infectious Disease doctor, who can hopefully isolate the exact bug and attack it.
Thanks for your faith and prayers.