Thursday, March 02, 2006

Liver enzymes up, Dancing & almost hopping during PT

The liver enzymes did rise, and that's not the direction we wanted them to go. The infectious disease doctor's office was notified of the findings. The next thing we hope for is that the liver function being abnormal is a result of medication toxicity. She's on a couple of meds that can cause some liver problems. My nurse aunt is going to ask about reducing the reglan (for digestion) now that she's doing fairly well in the emesis department (Denise had a tiny bit of emesis late last night, but that's been the only episode for a week). Other meds may be tweaked so we can see what the effect will be on the liver. Since Denise is improving in so many ways, there's a decent chance that meds might be the cause for these liver results.
Last night the feeding tube clogged again (hmm... maybe I didn't flush it well enough yesterday afternoon?). It's possible that they may switch Denise to "food" that doesn't contain any fiber, and hopefully she'll be able to eat fiber-rich food by mouth to make up for it.
Today Denise danced as best she could and almost was able to hop during physical therapy. Those of you that have known her for years won't be a bit surprised. Dancing is one of her favorite things to do. She said she was excited when she was able to walk... now she's really stoked at the notion that it's possible to recover enough to dance again.
Word has it that I've got the OK to take Denise out on a non-medical appointment pass for two hours tomorrow, and maybe Saturday, too. I'll find out if the rumor's true. After we talked about all the places we could possibly visit, her favorite idea was just to go home for a couple of hours. She'd like to finally be involved in eating dinner at home and maybe tucking the kids into bed again.
Now here's an off-topic question: Does anyone that's following this blog have a kid that likes to collect postage stamps? If so, please contact me (
Now here's an even weirder event: I started taking Ambien tablets lately so I could unwind my noggin and get to sleep. As I'm typing this on screen, the lines and letters appear to be moving. Right now, they just started a "trickle down" effect, like in the opening of the movies The Matrix. So I wonder, are the moving lines & letters as I type along simply a result of my perception being impaired by the medication? Or is it a glitch in the Matrix? Either way, I can hardly keep my eyes open and will pass out any minute.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are amazing, Phil! With all you've got going and you still manage to write it all down for us in the wee hours. No wonder the words are dripping off the screen for you! Hang in there!

Praying for you here in Coalinga-

March 03, 2006 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI - one of the side effects of Ambien is hallucinations. . .I think exhaustiong can cause those as well:):)

May God continue to grant you supernatural rest only He can provide!

March 04, 2006 4:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, the simple pleasures. Dinner at home and tuck the kids in. You remind us how beautiful life can be as well as how much we need to rely on God.

In His love!

March 04, 2006 11:24 AM  

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