Friday, July 25, 2008

Ron is home

It has been a very long eight days but he’s home and, other than looking tired, he's actually looking better than he has in a long time. His kidney functions are back to 100%, he’s got good color in his face and legs, and his extremities are warm to the touch for the first time in months. He ended up with another heart “bleep” Wednesday night and it was good that he had the pacemaker. His nurse said that the monitor told the story of the 2nd degree AV block and the pacemaker then kicking it back into order.

It took all day for all of the doctors to parade through there. Every time we thought he was ready to go, they’d come back in and say another doctor wanted to check him out before he was discharged.

We did find out that we will be seeing the hematologist on an outpatient basis. Nothing major but he said Ron’s spleen is slightly enlarged and he wants to run some more blood tests on him. Not sure exactly what he’s looking for but I’m sure we’ll find out in due time. At least on August 1st our office co-pay goes down to $10 each visit.

Ron was able to sleep most of the night last night. I helped him up a couple of times and he's resting in his chair now. He says he's very tired and he knows the procedure took some energy out of him but I think that is just a normal side-effect of surgery so he should bounce back.

The home health nurse is on her way out to see him so I'll have her take a look at the incision and make sure that everything there is as it should be. I don't think he has a fever but she'll be able to let me know. His weight this morning was 254.6 and if it goes up two pounds in a day then we're to call the kidney doctor. I'm not sure what it was at the hospital but very close to that number. I will use our scales as the baseline to go from there.

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