Columbia Visit (Update)
Let’s go through the items I listed in my last post (I’d included these in a card I stuck in Ana’s lunch).
- You get a good phlebotomist who finds your vein in only one try – CHECK and MATE! The phlebotomist got the vein on the first try.
- Your labs come back good – The jury’s still out on this one. We’ll get the results tomorrow from a nurse practitioner (Patricia) since apparently Dr. Martinez and Maria will both be out on vacation for the next three weeks.
- You have a yummy lunch that you thoroughly enjoy – Jim reports that Ana did, indeed, enjoy her lunch today. Although apparently she ate it before lunch (she’s very hungry from the Prednisone)
- You can stop taking diuretics and they reduce your prednisone – CHECK on the diuretics. We won’t know about Prednisone until we get her labs back. Also, she is allowed to drink up to 2 liters of fluid. We need to watch the water retention and can start her on diuretics again if need be (but we’ll need to call and ask first)
- You are on your way home no later than 1 p.m. – CHECK! They were on the road by noon! They stopped at Sam Ash on the way home for drumsticks and guitar picks.
Other stuff from today: She looks great! Apparently Dr. Martinez couldn’t stop raving about how good she looks – her color is good, her skin is clear and she’s thin but getting stronger. We also learned that Ana’s liver regeneration is causing her to burn calories like mad. The nurse practitioner (Patricia) explained that there is no possible way that Ana can eat enough calories to keep up with what her body is burning. She’s now not restricted in terms of fat, but we still have to watch the sodium. This extreme calorie burning will slow down as her liver regeneration slows down.
She doesn’t need to be seen for another month! However, the only appointment they had available was in three weeks. She also needs to be followed up by Dr. Hochberg (her oncologist). Jim is going to call and make an appointment tomorrow. Dr. Martinez is not sure if Ana will need to be on some sort of anti-inflammatory regimen for a while (I assume this is to ensure there is no recurrence of the tumor – ack!)
And…finally…we were told that the cats will need to stay in our bedroom for at least another five months. (sigh) The cats, by the way, are very happy up there. They don’t even try to escape. It’s me that’s going crazy.