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I just got back from bringing the First Mate home from the hospital. Her kidney function is excellent -- so far, the creatinine level is still 1.5, and her BUN has dropped to 32. Neither are in the normal range but they're closer than anything she's seen in years. Her bladder is still pokey, so they sent her home with a Foley catheter, which irritates her but still is better than staying in the hospital another night. She'll have to wait until Thursday to have it removed, by which time we're hoping that her bladder will have "woken up".
Fortunately, my father and his wife will be coming out to lend a hand for the next week, allowing me to go back to work, and my sister will come out for a week after that. (Posting may be a bit light during that time.) By that point in time, the doctors think Marcia will be pretty self-sufficient, but she won't be allowed to lift anything heavier than a gallon of water, or about 10 lbs. Because her old transplant may still be causing some problems with her blood pressure, she will have to have one more surgery next month to remove it. It should be a laparascopic surgery with a much quicker recovery time.
She's feeling tired, but elated to be home in her own bed. We'll have lots of doctors' appointments in the coming weeks. I'll post more as we go along.Sphere It View blog reactions
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