Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cautiously Optimistic...ahh, feels kind of nice!

Jim and I are going to be cautiously optimistic after today's appointments.

His labs came back with good news-
creatinine stayed put, pancreatic enzymes came back into the normal range, potassium and phosporus are behaving, and his red blood cell count is climbing which hasn't happened in...well... it has NEVER happened, at least not on it's own since I have known Jim. These are all very good things!

His glofil test results came back as well and I have googled and googled and have not found a lot of information on how to interpret the results so if anyone has more information on this than I, I would love to hear from you. This is my very embarrassingly elementary understanding of the results. Apparently for a person with 2 good kidneys, not transplanted a perfect score is 100 or above, for a 1 good kidney transplanted person a good score is 50-100, a person on dialysis is around 20, and below 20 you are placed on a transplant list. Jim's score was 103 corrected and 118 uncorrected. I am not sure what that means other than that they told him that they were very happy with these numbers. On the lab report there was an H next to the 118 meaning HIGH however Jim did not ask any questions about this H so I have to just relax and be cautiously optimistic.

Jim's small pot hole like incision is also improving. The top incision has decreased in depth to 2.0, the middle and largest has reduced in depth to 2.5, and the bottom remains superficial however still inside the vac drape. They told Jim today that he needs to expect to wear the vac for about another 3-4 weeks. I could not be happier that he is filling in so nicely. I was starting to fear that I would soon be able to see through my husband in three different places had the vac not come along.

They have reduced Jim's clinic appointments to every two weeks, which provokes a small anxiety attack in me. I realize that I am not the expert and although I would like to think I am I must again RELAX and remain cautiously optimistic! I think that the Lord keeps placing these circumstances and experiences into my path so that I will realize that He is truly in control and I that I should at some point get tired of trying to steer. Well the Lord should smile today because I do realize that He is in control, however it may take me awhile, as in a lifetime, to have the faith to not try to lead.

Prayer requests: labs remain stable, continued wound healing, comfort for donor family

Bible Verse: "He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul." Psalm 23:2-3

1 comment:

  1. That is great news kris! They wouldn't decrease the visits unless they felt confident in his progress. Small victories girl!