(JP here). Ostensibly wireless internet is available for visitors & patients at Sunnybrook, but access is limited. So these blogs are generally written at home.
Thursday was harrowing. After a wonderful start, including lunch in the food court for Anne and Eric, Anne started feeling gradually worse in the afternoon. Alarmingly tired, in some pain, unable to eat again, drinking little. She wanted to sit up, to go for a small walk with me around 6 pm but when she tried, she felt faint. (Vagal syndrome, the passing doctor proposed). She then got back into bed and decided to have some oxygen after all (in spite of nausea) since her saturation level was low. She “stabilized”, and her friend Rikki Blitt came to spend the night at the hospital.
This Friday morning, Anne reported being a bit better, and was again hungry, had some breakfast, and a bite of lunch after Eric and I arrived, but was definitely not ready to brave a major outing again. She is low on potassium (go figure – when she arrived at Sunnybrook 10 days ago her potassium was dangerously high), so is mandated to take pills again, and these make her nauseous. Nevertheless, she managed them, crushed and taken with banana. She was also put back onto intravenous drip as it was thought she had lost so much fluid yesterday (mostly urine into the nephrology bags).
Except for the potassium, and a sudden drop since yesterday in the platelet count, her blood indicators are all better, on the way to falling into range. The platelet situation needs to be monitored and could be a result of blood thinners.
All in all, Anne is still feeling a moderate upswing; ate again this evening and went for a short walk with Eric. Presently the plan remains to have her discharged Monday.
Tonight Miriam is coming for the weekend, and cousin Jed is due for a week’s visit tomorrow.