After we came home from Rochester Tuesday, Derek has had a rough time with the replaced stomach tube. It had been leaking, causing pain off and on, and some stomach muscle spasms. In addition to that, we noticed his right face was dropping noticeably more than usual. We contacted the mayo clinic doctors/nurses.
Stomach Tube: We loosened the disk on the stomach tube, and it seemed to check out ok this morning. It is still leaking and causing him pain.
Increased facial dropping: We increased his dexamethasome back up to 4 mg/day which he was on back in November. This helped the facial droop some, BUT it caused the old hiccup problem. And these hiccups are hideous. They come at about 40 per minute, and do not let up much at all. Our only coping method was to decrease the dexamethasome again, because he reacts negatively to the hiccup-stopping meds we tried before. Hiccups also irritate the stomach tube site.
All this is going on, and this morning about 9a, he says he has the chills. About an hour later, he vomits, and so I start suspecting aspiration pneumonia or a negative effect from the new chemo which had caused nausea on the test dose (which he took a 2-month dose of it on Tuesday). He developed a fever over the next couple of hours, and when our mayo doctor heard that, he said get him in to be seen. We packed the van for a drive to mayo clinic, but when we got Derek off the couch to head to the van, he couldn't walk well at all, and began to vomit. So, we decided Peoria OSF emergency room was where we needed to go. Thanks to God for showing us clearly when the time came.
When we arrived, they said his temperature was 104.9! Also, his bloodcount was less than 1. There's lots of you out there that know what that means more than I do. To this point, we have never watched blood counts and never been concerned about Derek being more susceptible to stuff. We've never had to. So, needless to say they began putting lots of needles in and antibiotics, anti-nausea meds, fluids, and the x-rays were taken. As of now (things change a lot in these situations), he has sepsis and pneumonia. His blood pressure dropped to 78/50 and so they put a central line in for those type of meds and an artery line in his arm to continuously monitor blood pressure. This is nerve-wracking to say the least.
Derek has been ready to go home to heaven for so long, but when I'm actually watching him in a life-threatening situation, I marvel at his peace and long-suffering. We have many tears for his pain, and prayers for God's mercy. Please pray for God's will to be done. I would love to have many more long pleasant days with Derek, but he's been fighting so long and so hard, and he's so worn down. We love you and thank you for all you do!