Monday, July 02, 2012

Low Average to LOW

Chris has been keeping very busy with his 3/week rehab.   On Thursday 6/28, he also did some labs and got his 26,000 units of iron at DaVita with Jennifer.

Because of the heart surgery, his body's ability to transfer waste products via dialysis has gone from low-average to low.   He's going to have to increase the volume of dialysis from 2000 to 2500 and he's going to have to add a manual fluid exchange in the middle of the day to his 10-hour exchanges via machine at night.

We don't know if it's related to the extra toxins in his body, but Chris has been suffering very bad attacks of hiccups lasting from 30 minutes to over an hour.  None of the doctors we've contacted want to give him any muscle relaxers to fix this... but I think we're going to have to be a little more persistent and keep trying.  The hiccups are causing him quite a bit of pain on his incision site.

We have a dialysis fluid delivery tomorrow, in addition to our regular delivery next Wednesday.  Because Chris' dialysis hasn't been as successful, we've been using a lot more of the higher-concentration fluid.   They're bringing us more "red" bags because Chris will be out before his regular delivery gets here.

I asked him if there was anything else he wanted me to say here and he replied, "I'm miserable!"   So there you have it.

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