Friday, March 03, 2006

Pass home, Fish dinner, Reglan to be cut

Here's a picture of Denise & Gracie prepping fish dinner at home. Denise got to come home for a two hour pass. With her caregiver standing by, Denise helped prepare a meal for the first time seven & a half months. Under normal circumstances, not prepping the meal would be a luxury. Tonight it was a triumph, masquerading as an everyday task. Her caregiver, the kids, and our housemate pitched in for the prep, too. Denise even invited some neighbors over for a short visit (the neighbor girl made Denise a very nice get well card and poem, so Denise wanted to be sure to visit with her). The time spent at home seemed too short. We're going to get a pass tomorrow, and maybe even one for Sunday if she does OK.
The doctor and specialists have been consulted about the liver enzymes going up, and it's been decided to cut down or eliminate the Reglan (moves things along in the digestive tract). Then we'll wait & see what the next blood draw reveals about liver function next week. That drug, and possibly another one, can cause liver function to decline. We hope that's the case. It's possible that there's permanent liver damage, too... it seemed that every consent form I signed when things were horribly bad for her included a possibility of liver damage. What we really don't want is for that cocci infection to be festering in the liver. Denise & I have had enough of that fungus. Denise vomited up a little in the morning today and a tiny bit as we arrived at home. She said she gets carsick very easily right now, and was exited about coming home for a little while. During PT today she had to work with a huge therapy ball. Her entire upper body is aching from the workout, but it's worth it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Denise, that is so awsome. How far you have come my friend. I bet Gracie loved having you home cooking. Love Joy Domingo

March 04, 2006 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That ear-to-ear grin on Denise's face (and on Gracie) pretty much says it all!! Praise God for this triumph!!

March 04, 2006 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so great to see Denise home and cooking! Keep up the hard work!

March 04, 2006 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the photo really says it all! Thank you, Lord!

March 04, 2006 8:21 PM  

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