Thursday, September 08, 2005

Blockage, 2 infections... 2/3 good news!

I have news that's not very detailed yet, but 2/3 of it is good. I couldn't wait to fully understand everything before posting. I wanted to let everyone know that some good things happened. Be encouraged, and keep pulling for us!

Good: The blockage seems to have resolved itself (Denise had a bowel movement). There was an ileus, nothing mechanical, perhaps pressure from the ab swelling, some twisting of the intestine... I'm not sure yet.

Good: There are two different types of pseudomonal infections. I'm not sure which specific ones they are, but I hope to find out when I go to the hospital in a few minutes. Anyway, the infection in the blood seems to be responsive to the antibiotics. (Let me hear an "Amen!")

Bad: Unfortunately, the infection in the lung is a resistant pseudomona, and this terrifies me. That said, one of the infectious disease doctors said two things that offered glimmers of hope. Sometimes an antibiotic won't work in the lab, but it will in a person (however it can go the other way, too). Also, there is a "last resort" antibiotic (Polymyxin) that in general is effective against pseudomonas infections. It's not used much because other antibiotics with milder side effects are available. But if they have to use this one, they will.

I should add that yesterday, Denise had a tube inserted down her nose to drain her stomach (parents, try explaining THAT one to your young children!). The nurse thought that Denise was much happier and restful than the previous night (when there was lots of vomiting). Denise's heart rate was much lower (98-117 range mostly), as was her fever (100.x) most of the day yesterday.

I'm off to the hospital now!


Blogger Call Me Grandma said...

I am still praying for your wife and I am glad you had some good news. May God give you the strength and the courage to make it through this trying time. May our Lord Jesus envelope Denise with his healing spirit...Amen

September 08, 2005 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Father,
I continue to Thank You and Praise You for the answers you give to prayer. You are a Gracious and Loving God Who loves Denise more than anyone can fathom.

Dearest Father it is our continued prayer that You will heal and restore Denise to full health and return her to Phil and the children. Thank you that you are the Lifter of Phil's head and his hope. You truly are THE LIVING GOD! In your Holy Holy Name - Rose

September 08, 2005 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise You, Heavenly Father! Thank you for resolving the blockage. Just what we asked for. Continue to fight Denise's infections for her--and strengthen her body. Use your power to restore her. And may that same resurrection power strengthen Phil's spirit and touch all those surrounding Denise. In the name of Jesus our Savior, Amen.

September 08, 2005 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to hear this news. We continue and will continue to lift Denise and all of you to the Lord.
Terry M.

September 08, 2005 4:40 PM  
Anonymous klb said...

Praise Jesus!!! I am so glad to read these good news! Phil, hello to you, brother. I am praying praying praying for you guys. May His will be done!


September 09, 2005 4:20 AM  

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