- Steve came home from the hospital today. He slowly gained the ability to control his arms and legs on Saturday. This morning he was able to walk with the help of the nurse. It is still very exhausting, slow work for him to walk at all. He is home with a walker, and is only moving from bed to bathroom or chair. He is very weak, but each day we've seen improvements. We have no idea what caused this attack on his body. West Nile Virus testing will be a couple more days before results, but otherwise everything else is coming back negative. He did have mono a month ago, so maybe his body was still weak from that and some weird virus got him, we don't know.
- Matthew is continuing to get a little better every day. Last night, His left arm got really puffy and he acted like it really hurt him. The doctors looked at it and ordered an ultrasound. The ultrasound done last night (about 1 am Sunday morning) was inconclusive, but this morning around 8 am the radiologist requested to re do the ultrasound himself, and found a 2cm clot in his subclavian vein attached to the port and the vein. His port still functions, the clot is on the other side of the port, maybe best to explain it as "upstream" from the port, but none the less, the 1 week old port must come out. This means surgery AGAIN for Matthew. Grr. The hardest part is now going to be figuring out what kind of venous access to put in. He is not a PICC candidate because the left arm has a clot and the right arm is where the origional infection was. He most likely will get a femoral central line or a intrajugular line. Both have risks, but without venous access, Matthew most likely won't be able to fight off the infection. He was also started on lovenox to prevent any other clots from happening, and the hemotology doc's want a couple days of that on board, and then off it a couple days before they can do surgery. Not sure when this surgery will happen.
- I was able to get out of the hospital and spend some time with the kids and Steve at home. Chrissy was able to stay again with Matthew for the afternoon, and I also got a much needed nap. My parents took the kids back to South Dakota tonight for a week or two, and Steve's mom will stay one more day with Steve, and then we're going to (hopefully) coerce him to come and stay up in the hospital with me for a couple of days so I can keep an eye on him.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Just gonna give some bullet point updates: