She rested fairly well last night, but when awake, she complained of knee pain and sometimes some back pain. The meds are keeping her very sedated. Answers to questions come rarely, are always delayed, and are usually inaccurate. It’s nice that she’s able to rest though. The doc this morning was worried that her liver or kidneys aren’t filtering the opioids and that they are dwelling longer and causing such extreme drowsiness. They did some blood work and found that her ammonia levels were very high. It was over 1100 and I think normal levels are around 350. So, they are giving her lactulose which should control those ammonia levels and should also help her have a much needed bowel movement. We’ll be in the hospital at least another 24 hours.
This morning, I helped the nurse hook up the catheter to the drain bottle (it was kinda fun), and we extracted 1100 cc’s (just over 1 liter). There was more to drain, but the nurse wanted to stop at that level until radiology OK’d more. As I was typing that last sentence, I got a text back from Dr C who OK’d us to drain up to 1500. I’m going to start scheduling it for just before bedtime so she can sleep comfortably all night. We’ll likely drain each morning after sleep as well.
Well, my UK basketball analogy couldn’t have backfired any more, eh?!! Classic me. Maybe I should go out and get a 2016 National Championship tattoo like that one guy in 2014. lol right? Hope springs eternal in the human breast! and I just can’t help but remain optimistic regardless. It is both my blessing and my curse.
Oh, and I need to vent about hospitalists one more time. I just can’t help it. They are simply not good at treating cancer patients. I want to gather them all up and teach breastcancer101. While I’m at it, we’ll cover resettingIVmachines101, and callthehusband’scellphonelike thenotesayswhenhe’snotintheroomandyouneedinformationaboutthedruggeduppatient101. I shouldn’t complain though because this hospital really is doing a great job for us! Actually, the hospitalists have also been great. I just like to vent a little sometimes. Pics this time!
Guys at IR really love Lori
Phil from IR checking on Lori
Dr C on 26 Jan before draining abdomen and chest
Dr C’s signature
Dr Jones getting his draining skills on.
Stunning just before surgery on the 29 Jan
Baller move by my boys when the bath water wasn’t warm yet.