Another Monday. This is the third one we’ve spent at the lovely place I erroneously referred to as the hotel this morning.
We made it through another fun and interesting day. Kevin got to tour more parts of the hospital today. This morning, we saw a new doctor. We have a hospitalist who is kind of the quarter back of all the specialists and oversees the care and plan for the patient. Unfortunately, we have rotated through several of these doctors in our extended stay. The new doctor today (#4) came in and was really concerned that Kevin may have actually had a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs) since his breathing has returned to a significantly more stable place in such a short period of time. He had some different ideas than the others doctors have discussed with us, and I have to say the conversation made me very uncomfortable. He seemed to be recommending something that 4 other doctors have been against.
But before the new doctor did anything to change the plan, her ordered a different test called a VQ scan. This is another test that can be used to check the lungs for clots. Fortunately, the scan came back clear. Praise God!
In the meantime, Kevin’s oxygen needs have been significantly reduced and he is able to use the type of nasal cannula that does not need to be monitored in the ICU. So, we have orders to move out of here. We were told the room was ready around 6pm and it is now almost 9pm and they still haven’t moved us yet. But by tomorrow morning, Kevin will be back on a regular floor, hopefully with a window to the outside! It’s kind of dungeon-like in the ICU. And the construction of the new hospital outside the tiny window is constant all day long.
Kevin was able to do a few laps around the nurses station and keep his pulse ox in acceptable range and recover relatively quickly. So all of that is positive steps in the right direction.
Tomorrow is a chemotherapy day, so I know one thing on the checklist with be chemo. Additionally, he will need to get up a walk some more tomorrow and then we patiently wait for the next instruction.
So as we close this day and prepare for the next, let me just say it again. Thank you. Everyone of you. For your prayers and support. We feel the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (well most of the time) and strength that is not of our own bodies and we know that God is answering your prayers.
I am feeling like this motto has prepared me for our current experience! We’re gonna give it ALL we got!
Musical Inspiration of the day – Psalm 36 5 & 6