Friday, February 25, 2011
Today was another quiet day. Last night, Dad's temperature spiked to 104.9. They were able to cool him down fairly quickly with a cooling blanket, ice, and motrin, but this did concern them again for possible infections, so antibiotics and different antifungal medications were restarted. His blood pressure also dropped a little low last night so they had to restart the pressor at a very low dose. That was able to be discontinued during the day, and giving the motrin round the clock kept his temperature much lower throughout much of the day as well. They are working on weaning the nitric oxide and hope to have that turned off tonight. After that, they can hopefully concentrate on weaning down his oxygen more. He still is very fluid overloaded, but they have had to be careful with the diuretic since he has been having low blood pressures. Today he also got a PICC line (a longer term IV), so they will be able to pull the IV they put in his neck last week, which is a greater risk for infection. They will also talk to oncology about pulling the large IV that was placed for his stem cell harvest just in case there is an infection there. Otherwise, not much changed today. I have enjoyed reading him all of the messages you have been sending, and I believe he is enjoying them too, so please keep sending them!!! Prayers tonight for a quiet night without fevers. Thank you so much for all of your love and support. I know it means a lot to Dad and to us.