Thursday, June 28, 2012
DH was scheduled to have a stent inserted into his kidney this a.m. as well as laser lithotripsy to break up the 8 mm kidney stone so he can pass it and all the little ones. We received a call from the doctor's office yesterday saying that Ken has a bladder infection and needed an antibiotic. They can't do the lithotripsy until the infection is cleared up. If they go ahead and do it, it will send the infection straight into his blood stream causing all kinds of problems. (He definitely doesn't need that.) Ken agreed to that so this morning they were just putting the stent in to make sure the kidney was draining. Well the doctor had a very difficult time getting the stent around the kidney stone. But he did have problems...not sure exactly what but will know tomorrow. He said it was one of those moments no doctor wants to have happen. ???? Anyway, after getting the stent in place in the kidney, a major mass of pus flowed out of the stent. Doctor cultured it and will let us know tomorrow what type of staph infection he has. They admitted him and had already started two types of iv antibiotics while he was in the operating room as well as the regular bag of Ringer's lactate solution. They said he was blood dehydrated which is different from being dehydrated and was probably caused by the infections, kidney stones, etc. They did explain it to me in great detail and it actually made sense, The Ringer's of lactose solution proceeded to shoot his blood sugar to over 500 which they counteracted with insulin. After receiving two bags of the lactate solution, they put him on saline chloride solution. Good thing he has great blood pressure as I haven't had a chance to ask about the effect of the saline solution. lol Just before surgery today, his BP was 110/77 and that was after him being sick, vomiting and worried almost to death about his procedure. (I wish my BP was that good. sigh)
They haven't decided how long they will keep him...possibly two days...depending...
Thanking God that they decided to put the stent in today so that they were able to find the kidney infection and working to clear that up before anything worse happened. What a blessing!!!
Just an update everyone on the progress of my nephew Shannon since many are praying for him. He had another surgery on his eyes late yesterday. They put mucus membranes over his eyeballs hoping to keep them moist and lubricated to promote healing. Then they sewed both of his eyes shut over the membranes and sent him home. He has to return in a week and they will open his eyes to check them. If necessary they will add more membranes and sew them shut again. They are planning on doing this three times. What happens at that time depends on the amount of healing that has happened. Th chemicals burned his eyes so badly that a transplant is not possible. He was able to see some shadows in one eye before they did this last surgery and not sure if he will still be able to see shadows or if that will be lost too. As with anything there are no guarantees. This is a very long and delicate road he will be going down to recovery. The doctors are still only giving him less than a 1% chance of ever regaining any of his sight in either eye. The doctors say if he can see at all it will be a miracle. I believe in miracles!! I have faith that all of our prayers are working. God is definitely in control!!! I will keep you all updated as I know anything. Again, thank you so very much for your prayers.
Update on Meg...
Meg's New Friend
Posted Jun 23, 2012 11:41pm
The Shepherd Center has a new patient. Her name is Katie. Katie is a 16 year old dancer from Orlando, FL. She attends the In Motion Dance Project studio in Orlando not to be confused with InMotion Dance & Fitness in Waynesburg. Katie was a passenger out driving around with four of her dance studio friends. It was late and she had fallen asleep in the car without her seat belt on. The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. All of the other girls were wearing seat belts and were not hurt in the accident. Katie received a massive head injury and has under gone several surgeries in Orlando to repair the side of her face and to relieve pressure on her brain. She is having some cognitive issues and trouble moving her left arm.
On Friday, Katie's mom came to talk to Meg. She had heard about Meg from the nurses and she wants Meg to talk to Katie when she becomes more alert. As she was telling Katie's story, it was heart wrenching to listen. They are where we were two months ago. Please say a prayer for Katie and her family this Sunday.
God bless Katie and her family!
Have faith and trust in the Lord for He knows what His plans for us are and what our actual needs are. Blessings to everyone as we wind down the month of June. Not sure where the time is going so quickly but 2012 is half over!!! Remember to hug your loved ones and share your smiles.
Blessings, love and hugs,
PRAYERS and PRAYER WARRIORS
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
Unexpected twists and turns in our lives
Shannon's life was spared although he was severely burned
God is in the "miracle" business!
Meg coming off the ventilator!!!
Meg being able to be an outpatient on July 26!!!
Meg helping others through friendship!!! WOOHOO!!! What an inspiration!!!
The Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia!!!
Great doctors for Ken and I!!!
Ken's continued improvement however small or slow
Finding the bladder and kidney infection and taking care of it.
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...Praise the Lord!!!