Ana’s lab results revealed an increase in all of her liver enzymes. She’s also been experiencing pain on her right side near the shoulder blade, which concerns Dr. Martinez who feels that this may be liver pain. She’s also tired and has a low-grade fever (off and on). Her temperature was normal all day, but was around 99.2 right before bed. All of these things are symptoms of rejection. Thus, Maria called today and said that Dr. Martinez wants to see Ana tomorrow for a chest x-ray (to rule out pneumonia due to the shoulder pain) and likely an ultrasound to evaluate her liver. She may need further tests depending on the results.
We knew that this could, and probably would, happen – but it doesn’t make it easier. Jim and I are both going with Ana to the hospital tomorrow. Emily will go to school and go home with a friend afterwards. I sincerely hope that Ana won’t need to be admitted (Maria didn’t say anything about that, but I feel like that’s a logical next step).
Ana is devastated. She was just getting back into the swing of things. I’ve read that the first year after a liver transplant is the hardest – there are lots of setbacks and just when you think you’re moving forward, something lands you back in the hospital. My heart really hurts right now for Ana. I want her to be better. More than that, I want her to never have had to go through this in the first place. Some days it’s really hard to be optimistic. I’ll post an update when I know more.