Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Day 67

Hard to believe... it's been 67 days since Donna first went to the emergency room in Lampasas. It's been a long journey so far, but I have a renewed determination and I'm dragging Donna along whether she likes it or not. I got that trait from her anyway, so she should understand.

Donna is running a low grade fever and has been all day. Her blood pressure has dropped to levels we had no seen since just after the laparoscopic biopsies done by the urology team. They did an upper GI this morning to see if they could identify what was causing the pain in her stomach, but were not able to find anything. They did another MRI or her head as well. It is clear that she is in pain, but unclear as to how to remedy the situation.

This evening, we haven't been able to get ahead of the pain. She has a fresh bruise by her left ear and a swollen mass that has formed on the left side of her neck just below the ear. There is not any pain associated with the mass, but I pointed it out to the nurse just in case. The hospitalist came in within ten minutes and now we are waiting for the rad techs to take Donna down to have an emergency CT of the head and neck. They have given Donna some anti-nausea meds to help with the effects of the contrast for the CT scan.

It has been a long day. Thankfully with all the activity, Donna should sleep very well tonight.

I will let everyone know what we find out about the new mass as soon as we have word.

One last thing- say a little prayer of thanks for Marlon Cortez. He is Donna's nurse tonight (and last night). He really takes good care of her. He is kind and respectful- one of the best we've had throughout all of this.

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