It’s Thursday night, and as many of you may already know, today has not been a very good day. This morning, Kevin woke up feeling so bad that he asked for no visitors, again. As the doctors came in to see Kevin, there was increased concern over several things: his increased shortness of breath resulting in his need for a higher oxygen flow rate (again), his red blood count dropping, his increased risk of developing blood clots. Discussion of possible causes, testing, and treatments ensued including the suggestion for possibly transferring Kevin to the critical care unit for better observation and quicker intervention, should the need arise. A pulmonologist (lung doctor) was called in to see Kevin and he immediately ordered several tests: another CT scan of his lungs, ultrasound of his legs and an echocardiogram of his heart-followed by transfer to the critical care unit. These were all done to try to diagnose the breathing issue. Blood clots were ruled out (a blessing, indeed!), there was no sign of infection or fluid in his lungs or around his heart BUT the CT scan of his lungs shows that the cancer has increased significantly in the 11 days since the first CT scan was done, diagnosing his cancer. As the cancer increases, so does inflammation in the lungs, thus decreasing the available space for air…no wonder he is having so much trouble breathing! The good news…yes, there is good news…is that fast growing cancer is much more susceptible to treatment than slow growing, and this is obviously fast growing! Kevin got his chemo today, despite all the other things going on, and was also going to be transfused with two units of blood. If he continues to struggle with his breathing, the next option could be mechanical ventilation for a few days, to give him adequate oxygenation as well as to give his body the rest that it needs to fight off this disease and KICK CANCER’S ASS!
Visiting is restricted in the CCU, and as Kevin needs to focus all his energy on recovery, we ask that you refrain from visiting at this time. We covet every prayer, positive thought, and supportive message that is sent for Kevin as well as the family. Pray not only for healing, but also for peace and rest for Kevin. He is anxious, he is restless, he is afraid!
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
(If the writing seems different tonight, it is because this is Karen, not Lisa, as she asked me if I would update the blog)