Apr 28, 2013 - 3:13 am
I think I'm learning way more about medicine than I ever wanted to know. Not really. Some of it is scary, but interesting.
Hubby's Nephrologist was called in because the Lasix is not doing a good job of removing fluid. In order to deter further kidney damage, a central line was put in hubby's neck that connects to a machine that removes his blood, removes the water from his blood, & then puts the blood back. It will run continuoussly for a few days to a week until the desired amount of water has been removed. I was a bit comforted to see his Nephrologist there at 9 PM to start the procedure. It's sort of like dialysis, but doesn't remove the minerals & electrolytes. This also tells me I have a few days to select a Skilled Nursing Facility for rehab.
My son, grandson, & I visited one facility today. It was okay, not great, but okay. They didn't have a private room available which will be a priority item for me, knowing my husband.
He's doing as well as can be expected. The poor guy has so many tubes & lines in him. At least he's dozing through some of this.
Will check another facility tomorrow & keep you guys updated. I just had a silly thought. I wonder what this blood filtration does to the chemo he's received. I wonder if it's null & void now.