Well, today has been a pretty slow day. We welcome the slower pace after the last few days of hectic craziness! His blood checks came back with steady numbers that were all moving in the right direction. His toxin count was lower and his potassium count was normal. He is still a little low on red blood cells and may require a little boost of blood today. BUT because the numbers were where they were, they didn't think it was necessary to do a dialysis treatment today. It gave his little body a chance to rest. And that is EXACTLY what he's done. He has been calm and asleep most of the day. He is still pretty uncomfortable from the surgery and the cath site is very sore, but we are hoping that will improve. We really need to NOT use strong pain meds since his kidneys aren't working, so we are managing his pain with only Tylenol. So far though, that has been enough, so we are glad.
We moved down to a regular room on the "kidney floor" where we will make our home for the rest of our stay here. Its nice to have our own bathroom and a little more peace and quiet than in the ICU. The plan is to do a dialysis around 6am in the morning and we will pray that all goes well with that. This is not going to be a speedy recovery. It is a slow boat, but we just hope to see the numbers move in the right direction. An increase in blood platelets as well as him peeing would be really GOOD signs. Those would be signs that his kidneys are working. We have been told it could be days or even weeks before we see these, but we are of course, hoping for those positive signs SOONER rather than later.
As I type this, Kanyon is eating a little bit of grilled cheese and applesauce and even a bite of chicken nugget. This is the first real food in a week, so we are excited! They are allowing him to drink water because he is so thirsty. However, since we are having to watch our fluids, he is on a very restricted fluid intake. We are glad to see him eating and drinking! This will keep him from having to go on TPN (an IV fluid that replaces food).
He will have a blood draw this evening and it will give us info and set us up for what we hope to accomplish tomorrow. As long as nothing major changes, I'll wait and update again tomorrow after the treatment.
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