Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
August 30, 2006 at 10:07 AM MDT
Tanner's still doing good. He had his first liver clinic appointment on Monday. All his numbers looked fantastic. Other than the prograf, which was a little high, but they adjusted the dose. They'll probably be adjusting that a couple times a week for a while.
Tanner is so happy, other than feeling a little "caged" in the house. We went out in the van this morning to take Austin to school, and when we pulled back in the driveway Tanner freaked out. So, we went on a little drive. But, it's never long enough!!
Tomorrow is 4 weeks since transplant. Wow!! It seems like forever, and just yesterday, all at the same time
Tanner still shows virtually NO interest in eating. He'll take a bite of pretzel or fry here or there, or a sip of milk, but that's about it. I figure I'll save the eating battle for once chemo is all done.
I really fought the idea of an NJ tube, but it has worked out really well. It was just such a pain to put in!
Bye for now!
Posted by puddle at 8/30/2006 07:23:00 pm
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Fennel grapefruit salad
1 fennel bulb, halved and thinly sliced
1 superstar (or other sweet) onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 pink grapefruits, peeled, sectioned, and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
juice of 1/2 grapefruit
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup blood orange-infused olive oil
(OR substitute lime and infused oil with juice from 1/2 orange and 1/4 cup olive oil)
1/2 cup toasted and crushed pecans
salt to taste
Toss fennel, onion, and grapefruit. Combine citrus juices, mustard and salt and slowly whisk in olive oil. Mix dressing into salad (I use my hands). Top with pecans.
This is from one of my very favorite blogs. To read more, click the title.
Posted by puddle at 8/29/2006 02:05:00 pm
Monday, August 28, 2006
Foreign Affairs, published by the Council on Foreign Relations, asks a pertinent question in the Sep/Oct 2006 issue: Is There Still a Terrorist Threat?
On the first page of its founding manifesto, the massively funded Department of Homeland Security intones, “Today’s terrorists can strike at any place, at any time, and with virtually any weapon.”
But if it is so easy to pull off an attack and if terrorists are so demonically competent, why have they not done it? Why have they not been sniping at people in shopping centers, collapsing tunnels, poisoning the food supply, cutting electrical lines, derailing trains, blowing up oil pipelines, causing massive traffic jams, or exploiting the countless other vulnerabilities that, according to security experts, could so easily be exploited?
One reasonable explanation is that almost no terrorists exist in the United States and few have the means or the inclination to strike from abroad. But this explanation is rarely offered.
When we combine that commonsense observation with the legal framework of treating international terrorists like pirates, we could do away with most of the unAmerican nonsense that the Bushites have burdened us with.
A return to rationality, a return to our core values, could start this November with voting the conservatives out.
Posted by puddle at 8/28/2006 12:29:00 pm
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
August 25, 2006 at 08:55 AM MDT
I am so tired.
Anger, frustration, and crying (yesterday) just makes the tiredness worse.
We just want to go home. They are seriously holding us hostage, with no good reason. The end of last week I told them I would like to get home by Tuesday. They said all he needed were his drains out and to be off TPN. All that was accomplished by Sunday/Monday. But, then they decide we can go home Friday. Yesterday morning the Doc said we could go home. Well, about 3 o'clock the discharge planner comes in, and in kind of a grumpy way, tells us that there is just no way that they can get us out of there with virtually no notice. They kept telling me they'd send someone in to "talk to me." Which means they're sending someone to try and explain to me why we have to do it their way and not ours. Frustrating! The different teams of people here have a SERIOUS communication problem. The doctors say one thing, but then they don't pass it along. Very AGRIVATING! Yesterday I felt like we were hostages. JUST LET US GO. I really hate having other people being in charge of us. The GI resident tried to claim that his counts were worrisome and that's why he wasn't going home. NOT TRUE. I had just talked with the attending that morning, and his counts had been virtually stable for a week. It's frustrating that they're holding us hostage because of their convenience, and then at the last minute they try to claim it's for medical reasons. ARGH! You'd think the emotional health of the patient and his caregivers would be a priority. But, they could really care less.
My mom ended up taking Noah to his first full day of Kindergarten. I think he was ok with that. Me, not so much! But, thanks to my mom for ALL she does. I love her!
Then, my parents came up on short notice to watch Tanner while Jason and I took the boys to back to school night. We thought about skipping it, but Austin had made something to show us, and he really wanted us to be there. Thank you Mom and Dad!
Well, they assure us we'll be leaving today. I know this all sounds trivial. It's just a couple days, right? But, sometimes I just get to the point where I've had it!
August 25, 2006 at 07:24 PM MDT
Posted by puddle at 8/26/2006 02:41:00 am
Friday, August 25, 2006
Posted by puddle at 8/25/2006 07:21:00 pm
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
August 21, 2006 at 02:35 PM MDT
No news is good news. Tanner has been doing great. They took out his other JP drain yesterday. They have gone up on his NJ feeds and down on his TPN. He has been smiling and laughing. Austin is here with me and Tanner right now while Grandma Shirley, Grandma Suzie, Noah, and cousin Tagen are at the zoo.
We went out for a walk in the wagon. Austin pulled, while I pushed Tanner's IV pole.
August 19, 2006 at 11:28 PM MDT
Tanner just said his first complete sentence. He looked over at the door and said "I can't see it." I asked if he wanted me to open the blinds on the door. He did. It turns out he wanted the star that was hanging on his door, but he couldn't see it because of the blinds. Cute boy!
Posted by puddle at 8/21/2006 06:28:00 pm
Saturday, August 19, 2006
August 19, 2006
Tanner's doing good. I'm at home right now, though. I came to give my boys haircuts before school starts next week. Tanner screamed when I left. I felt like I was going to throw up the whole way home. I wish I could clone myself!!
Thanks to everyone for giving us so much credit! We're doing our best!
We do believe in miracles!
We love you guys!Megan
Posted by puddle at 8/19/2006 11:23:00 pm
Friday, August 18, 2006
August 18, 2006 at 01:42 PM MDT
Here we are in ICS after 2 weeks in the PICU! We came up yesterday. We have a nice big room, but the blinds don't work, so we can't see out the window!!! we survived 2 weeks without a window, we can survive another one or two. Tanner hasn't had any big crazy stuff happen in several days, which is very encouraging!
I don't know if I mentioned the other day that a culture of his nose secretions that was taken on the 9th, came back on the 14th as positive for adenovirus. So, they put us on precautions. That means that everyone who comes in has to gown/glove/mask. (although only about half actually do) They act like it's really no big deal that he has this "adenovirus." However, from looking it up on the internet, it seems that adenovirus can be very dangerous, even deadly in someone who is immunocompromised like Tanner. It can even cause bleeding in the intestines and bladder. But they don't think the adenovirus is what caused all Tanner's bleeding. In any case, we feel like Heavenly Father has worked a miracle for Tanner and rid his little body of whatever was causing such awful complications.
Even with all the ups and downs, Tanner always seems to come through it. Maybe our Father in Heaven just wants to give us time to prove our faithfullness. If things were always easy there would be no test of our faith!
ANyway, we're doing good!! Megan
Posted by puddle at 8/18/2006 06:00:00 pm
Ratings in the basement
Mixing up the President
People on the pavement
Wondering where their country went
War of aggression
No plan, wrong place
Based upon a flawed case
Hail Mary full of grace
Look out son
We can’t cut and run
God knows when
Until our troops are home again
Better duck from the IED
With armor that they didn’t send
The man in the four star hat
Who’d been to war
Asked for 300,000 troops
Rummy said what for?
W comes flat boot
Posing in a flight suit
Reading “My Pet Goat”
Freedoms on the march but
The phones tapped anyway
W and the N.S.A.
Gonzales says it’s okay
Welcome to the U.S.A.
Look out Y’all
They’re breaking the law
Soldiers going to jail for
Command chain failures
Men without masters
to torture bad guys
You don’t need a law degree
To know where the blame lies
Get back, Oh well
No insurance, go to hell
Big bills, No pills
Hang around the stem cell
Work force, Outsourced
Get sacked, Pay day
No way, Ken Lay
Welcome to your rainy day
Look out kid, you’re gonna get hit
By gas price, Melting Ice
Science is a dirty vice
diebold, lies told
Recruiters by the high school
Tell kids war’s cool
Don’t follow leaders
When leaders are all cheaters
c Paul Hipp 2006
Click the title link to listen/watch
Hattip to Easy Bake Coven
Posted by puddle at 8/18/2006 10:30:00 am
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Posted by puddle at 8/17/2006 01:50:00 pm
August 17, 2006 at 01:14 AM MDT
It's been a relatively uneventful day. Just resting and getting better! They are fairly certain they will have a room on ICS for us tomorrow, Thursday.
Tanner's prograf level was 10 today, hopefully it will remain stable tomorrow.
He hasn't thrown up since this morning. (knock on wood)
They did remove the right JP drain this morning. That hurt quite a bit, but it was quick. Now we are down to one drain, the feeding tube, his PICC line, and the central line near his shoulder. Plus, the leads on his chest that measure breathing and heart rate and the oximeter that measures oxygen. That's a total of 12 cords and tubes. So, we still get quite tangled. But at least it's getting easier to move him from the bed to Mom's lap in the chair.
We asked the liver people today how long they thought we'd be here. She said we'd be home by Christmas. I guess that was her way of saying she has no idea! I just REALLY want to be home for the first day of school. But, they don't think we'll be home by next week. But, I'm going to have someone sit with Tanner so I can take my boys to school. Noah's starting kindergarten and Austin will be in second grade. That's just something I need to be there for.
I have been missing my other 2 boys so much. They've come up to visit many times, but it's just not the same as being home as a family. I just can't wait for things to get back to "normal."
As you can tell by the time, our sleep schedule is kind of messed up!
Anyway, more later...Megan
Posted by puddle at 8/17/2006 10:29:00 am
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
August 15, 2006 at 10:25 PM MDT
Tanner's had a great day. He's up and watching the Wiggles right now.
This morning he had to have an NJ tube placed. They had tried 2 times to place it up here, but couldn't get it in the right spot. So, they sent him down to fluoroscopy to get it in, and had quite a difficult time. But Tanner's a trooper. He did it!!
Other than that, the day has been relatively calm. We were supposed to go up to ICS today, but they don't have any rooms or not enough nurses or something. But, tomorrow we should be able to go up there. That will make 2 weeks in ICU!!! Only a week and a half more than it looked like it was going to be!
His prograf level was back to normal this morning, and they've started him back on the oral prograf tonight. So, hopefully his number will be good tomorrow. They've started NJ feeds at a mere 5 ml an hour. We're hoping to increase that slowly so he can finally get off of the TPN.
Last night Tanner slept almost 12 hours. From about 2 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon, only waking up every 3 hours or so to get comfortable. I slept with him last night, which I think made a lot of the difference. They don't like people to do that. But, I don't care! I'm doing what's best for Tanner. He just feels better with me around.
We're hoping if we have him up and playing for a few hours, he'll be ready to go back to sleep, since he had a 3 hour nap tonight!
That's all for now..
Posted by puddle at 8/16/2006 07:55:00 am
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
August 15, 2006 at 12:45 AM MDT
Tanner has been resting in his moms arms tonight. He has had better diapers, not red today. We are praying and hoping that he is on his way to feeling better. Now we just have to get that Prograf level under control, then we will be heading up to ICS. We were supposed to go today, but it was too high. One of the Nurse Practitioners poked their head in and told the Nurse to take him off the prograf "NOW".
The first level in the morning was 30. They thought it was contaminated so they repeated it and it went to 37.
The oral medication is supposed to be easier to dose and maintain, but Tanner is still vomitting. Only a bump in the road....we need to get Tanner to have an appetite and eat! I know he will not have this problem as a teenager. I remember eating almost a whole pan of Chicken Broccoli cassrole for dinner at times.
They didn't assign us a sleep room tonight. I guess that means we aren't as critical as some of the other patients. They did get us a room that is up on the 4th floor that is for the NICU parents. It seems to far even though we are so close to Tanner. I feel like just sleeping in the corner standing up.
I found a web site tonight that really touched me and would like to share it with you.
I would like to thank all of you that have taken the time to post your comments and thoughts. It means alot to us.
Posted by puddle at 8/15/2006 09:59:00 am
August 14, 2006 at 10:36 PM MDT
Tanner has been kind of whiney today. He just hasn't seemed like he felt too well. We haven't been giving him much morphine lately, so we gave him some this morning, and it didn't even make a difference. Tonight we suggested they try some ativan for nausea...and what do you know? He is feeling so great right now. He's talking and playing and in a great mood. Turns out he needed ativan, not morphine!!
August 14, 2006 at 08:51 PM MDT
They were thinking about sending us up to ICS (the immune-compromised unit) today. But, Tanner's prograf level was way too high this morning. The prograf is what keeps him from rejecting his new liver. A couple days ago it was dangerously low, now his levels have swung to the other side of normal. So, they need to keep Tanner in ICU so they can watch him closely until they get those levels under control.
We went for another walk today, which Tanner enjoys.
He's resting now, I just hope he sleeps tonight, because he hasn't been sleeping much. Maybe it will all catch up with him at once!
Anyway, sorry this is short...but we're hanging in there!
Posted by puddle at 8/15/2006 12:47:00 am
Monday, August 14, 2006
Well, I guess we shouldn't be too surprised, but the red blood tag test didn't show anything. However, his last diaper wasn't fresh red blood like they have been. They're still not normal, but maybe they're starting to get better.
His hematocrit has held steady for 24 hours. So, that is good news.
We even got out for a little walk today. We pushed Tanner around in a little kid sized wheelchair. He enjoyed getting out of his room, and going to the windows and looking outside. (his room doesn't have a window.)
Tanner just closed his eyes. We're listening to "A Child's Prayer." I'm hoping he'll sleep well tonight. He has been awake a lot at nights, lately.
Thank you for praying for Tanner. I know you're praying for us too, because we can literally feel it. Last night when I made the post, we weren't feeling too great. But within just minutes, we felt calm, and knew everything would be alright. Thank you. We love you!!
Posted by puddle at 8/14/2006 09:52:00 am
Sunday, August 13, 2006
August 13, 2006 at 12:21 PM MDT
We are getting ready to go down for a nuclear medicine test. I think they said it's called a "tag red blood cell study." They inject some sort or radioactivity and it attaches to his red blood cells, then they put him under a camera of some sort and it can detect where the red blood cells pool. So, they're hoping this will determine where the bleeding will come from. Tanner will have to be still for approximately an hour. Pray for peace and calm for him.
Posted by puddle at 8/13/2006 03:14:00 pm
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
Recommendations for How To Defeat the Terrorists from the Bush Administration:
Seal off your house somehow with Duct Tape
Spy and report on your neighbors
Throw away all your shampoo before boarding aircraft
Thanks JayDean ♥s
Posted by puddle at 8/11/2006 10:29:00 pm
They extubated Tanner at about 11 this morning. (took out his breathing tube) The first thing he said was "my momma." Then he cried just a bit. Then the nurse asked if she could do something, and his his brave voice he said "k" (meaning okay) The doctors think Tanner is very cooperative. I think they're quite impressed. They also took out the foley catheter. So, we're starting to get rid of tubes!! We might be able to take out his right JP drain sometime soon. But, the left one is still draining. Dr. Meyers says she seen them come out as early as 5 days, and as long as 5 months!!! I'm hoping sooner rather than later!!!
None of his cultures have grown anything and his white count is improving, so hopefully we are close to removing his sub-clavian line in his chest. His skin looks terrible under the dressing. The darn tape just destroys his skin.
They've got him on a carafate/epi/saline cocktail to help coat his stomach...more later, Tanner's calling!
Posted by puddle at 8/11/2006 04:47:00 pm
Jules--This is a quote from someone on a pen board. DC super Pen show is this weekend and lots of people are flying in, with pens. Which are often filled. With a liquid.
Discussion was about whether any pens could be carried on.
Here's the quote, "The attitude of screeners has also been dependent on the airport. At LAX they are just plain mean. Plus you never know what will set them off. In their position, they use their petty power to make things miserable for anyone of a tribe they don't care for... (horror stories omitted). "
Notice comment about LAX being mean.
My only pen-freque friend, lol! Alas, my Montblanc Meisterstück went the way of my earrings and rings: it is now part (in spirit) of The Ferrydiddle Mystery House.
And so: the lesson is, don't fly out of LAX if you can possibly help it? *That* I had pretty much already decided.
In China, they called that attitude "Dirt Policy" or "Dirt Power" ~~ meaning you are right at the bottom of the power pile, and the ONLY way you could show that you actually had any, was to abuse it. I always thought that it was a hilarious: by abusing it, you advertise how little you actually have. . . But they never seem to catch on. . . .
Posted by puddle at 8/11/2006 02:33:00 pm
The bleeding seems to have stopped. They haven't yet discovered where it was from, but it's gone for now.
And *this* is a quote from his Mom: ". . . .However, this afernoon, we saw a glimpse of happy Tanner. He actually danced a little to the Wiggles, and pointed to Jason to get him to dance too. "
So I'm doing a small happy dance of my own, and redoubling prayer that it continues.
Family sends love to all that are holding Tanner in the light. Me, too!!
Posted by puddle at 8/11/2006 10:27:00 am
Thursday, August 10, 2006
August 10, 2006 at 02:41 PM MDT
We'll start with the good news.......our AFP today is 11.5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! normal is 0-15. (although some places consider 0-6 as normal)
The bad news is that Tanner is still bleeding. But I'm optimistic that the docs will figure this out.
more in a minute...Megan
Posted by puddle at 8/10/2006 06:54:00 pm
Song of Childhood
By Peter Handke
When the child was a child
It walked with its arms swinging,
wanted the brook to be a river,
the river to be a torrent,
and this puddle to be the sea.
When the child was a child,
it didn’t know that it was a child,
everything was soulful,
and all souls were one.
When the child was a child,
it had no opinion about anything,
had no habits,
it often sat cross-legged,
took off running,
had a cowlick in its hair,
and made no faces when photographed.
When the child was a child,
It was the time for these questions:
Why am I me, and why not you?
Why am I here, and why not there?
When did time begin, and where does space end?
Is life under the sun not just a dream?
Is what I see and hear and smell
not just an illusion of a world before the world?
Given the facts of evil and people.
does evil really exist?
How can it be that I, who I am,
didn’t exist before I came to be,
and that, someday, I, who I am,
will no longer be who I am?
When the child was a child,
It choked on spinach, on peas, on rice pudding,
and on steamed cauliflower,
and eats all of those now, and not just because it has to.
When the child was a child,
it awoke once in a strange bed,
and now does so again and again.
Many people, then, seemed beautiful,
and now only a few do, by sheer luck.
It had visualized a clear image of Paradise,
and now can at most guess,
could not conceive of nothingness,
and shudders today at the thought.
When the child was a child,
It played with enthusiasm,
and, now, has just as much excitement as then,
but only when it concerns its work.
When the child was a child,
It was enough for it to eat an apple, … bread,
And so it is even now.
When the child was a child,
Berries filled its hand as only berries do,
and do even now,
Fresh walnuts made its tongue raw,
and do even now,
it had, on every mountaintop,
the longing for a higher mountain yet,
and in every city,
the longing for an even greater city,
and that is still so,
It reached for cherries in topmost branches of trees
with an elation it still has today,
has a shyness in front of strangers,
and has that even now.
It awaited the first snow,
And waits that way even now.
When the child was a child,
It threw a stick like a lance against a tree,
And it quivers there still today.
Posted by puddle at 8/10/2006 05:17:00 pm
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Meg asked me to update you all this morning and ask for your prayers.
Tanner has been bleeding internally and the doctors don't know where it is coming from yet. They are going to scope him today.
Poor little guy, if it's not one thing, it's another!
Also, Tanner seems very sad. He could use some prayers to sustain him.
He is still on the respirator but the settings are very low. He is doing most of his own breathing.
Our family just can't thank you enough for your prayers for our little Tanner!
Tanner's Grandma Shirley
Posted by puddle at 8/09/2006 12:02:00 pm
Tanner's had a really rough couple of days. Short form. After the good news, his left lung collapsed, his tubes stopped draining. Outcome, he's back on the respirator, has new meds, and is doing better, and should be able to take fluids by mouth soon. Tough little kid. Tough family. I'm proud to be related to them.
And thank you all for your continuing support. You can't begin to know how much it means. ♥
Posted by puddle at 8/09/2006 02:08:00 am
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
After thinking for a while they might need to intubate again, his mother suggested a bi-pap (mask that fits over the nose and mouth), which worked at bringing up his blood oxygen levels. Also, two chest tubes to drain fluids. So far, from both tubes: 700 cc ( a lot!). Slept well, breathing much easier.
Keep them prayers, light, and good vibes coming. . .
Posted by puddle at 8/06/2006 11:10:00 am
August 05, 2006 at 10:08 PM MDT
Hi again. Tanner had an Xray taken of his lungs and his left lung is not doing well. It looks like they are going to intubate him again. His breathing looks bad to me. His breathing is like a stutter..not getting enough air. His oxygen needs have been going up. I just feel like this roller coaster will not end.
I am worried and am asking for more prayers for our precious Tanner who REALLY need it now more than anything. This hurdle is tough for me because I can't stand the thought of our baby having so much difficulty and trial.
My prayer tonight is for Tanner to breath and to have his lungs return to normal.
Thank you for all of your love and concern.
Posted by puddle at 8/06/2006 12:38:00 am
Saturday, August 05, 2006
August 05, 2006 at 08:53 PM MDT
Tanner needs your Prayers tonight. He is having some difficulty breathing. He is doing okay overall. He is still on a morphine drip. He is not sleeping peacefully too. I guess that i would not be comfortable either with all the stuff he is hooked up to.
Posted by puddle at 8/05/2006 11:06:00 pm
Was thinking today, as I looked at my comments here, and those at Tanner's care page, about webs. What a huge web Tanner has had woven for him, encompassing nearly the whole world. My little corner of that covering from Los Angeles to Seattle to Chicago, Salt Lake City, Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky, Ohio, Vermont, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Maryland, New Hampshire, Michigan, Massachusetts, and really Lord only knows where else. The courage of one little boy and his family has been writ large, and people all over the world have responded, creating a safety net of love and caring.
Twenty, even ten years ago, such a web would have been impossible. And now, it has become so easy. I have many thanks for so many that this is so. To Al Gore, who did in fact dream it was possible and helped to make it so. To my friend who *made* me take his old computer, and thus handed me a sky hook. To Howard Dean who created a whole and loving community, and had the vision to keep it going when the others in his position were shutting down their websites and blogs. To the dreamers who dreamed this could be, to the grandmothers who, trembling, hit their first key on their first computer, to those that wish to keep it free from the entrepreneurs, and to the entrepreneurs who pledge to keep it open and easy, and give of their time and creativity to make it so.
Posted by puddle at 8/05/2006 11:36:00 am
Friday, August 04, 2006
August 04, 2006 at 09:59 AM MDT
I bet all of you are waiting patiently for the results of Tanner's surgery.
Overall, everything went very well. In fact the Dr.'s surprised me when they found me(Jason). It it was only 12:15 in the afternoon and we were expecting them around 3:30 because the initally told us 8 to 12 hours for the surgery and it was less than 5.
They said that the liver was perfect for Tanner. The surgeon that procured the liver told us that it came from a teenager. What a blessing that family who choose to extend the life of another. We are truely grateful.
After the surgreons spoke with Megan and I we knelt in Prayer to thank our Father in Heaven. We are so grateful for all of you that have given time out of your day to pray and think of us....especially Tanner.
Tanner is on a ventilator and hooked up to quite a bit of Monitors and IV's. He was suddated most of the day yesterday. Everyone here, Nurses and Dr.'s are thrilled to how well he is doing.
During sugery they usually require quite abit of blood transfusions, 3 to 5 units..Tanner only needed 1/2 unit. They were also able to close hime up all the way since the liver was such a perfect fit. That is such a blessing too, because they would have had to take him back again if it didn't fit and sew him up more.
Last night he started to come out of sedation and he was frustrated. For those of you who don't know, Tanner know sign language, enough to communicate. He kept signing for Mom to hold him and nurse. It is so tough not to want to hold him and comfort him. He really wants his mom. Because of the tube in his throat, he can't speak and I know it is uncomfortable for him. They are going to see how he does today and the possibility of removing it later tonight. They want to make sure they will breath on his own and his ph level is normal.
They are also watching for bleeding from the liver, infection and clotting. This are the most things they worry about.
Tanner has also started his prograf(sp?) for his anti rejection meds. and is still on his antifungal meds too. He is also on a Morphine drip for pain management. We are hoping that this will help him rest.
So far his new liver is working well for him.
Thank you for all of your prayers again.....Tanner still needs them.
Until the next update....
Posted by puddle at 8/04/2006 12:20:00 pm
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Tanner will be going in for his liver transplant tonight.
". . .we are expecting a surgery time of 1 a.m. this morning. The surgery will last anywhere from 8 to 15 hours."
Please, prayers and light and healing vibes. Both for Tanner and the donor's family.
Love you all!
Posted by puddle at 8/02/2006 07:14:00 pm