|"To God be the glory" for helping Jim's kidneys to begin working! It had been a week now without dialysis! Haven't heard yet how the kidney doctors plan to send Jim home, but we are thankful that his kidneys seem to be working. What an answer to prayer this is!
We are hearing more often the words "going home!" This sounds good to our ears, but a few more glitches have to be worked out. Tomorrow morning Jim has his 6 month appointment at the Cancer Hosp., so they will transfer him (through the tunnel) to that appointment. See if we can get some answers regarding the carcinoid situation.
The "detour" is that Jim didn't pass the barium swallow test today. His muscles are still weak in his throat (after 40 days of being on a ventilator and thrach) and food and fluid is going down his windpipe. Sometimes he doesn't even feel this happening (silent aspiration). So the plan is to put in a stomach tube for feeding, meds, etc. and send him home that way, and allow his throat muscles to strengthen.
This was very disappointing for Jim (a little overwhelming for me). Pastor Dan came to visit shortly after we got the negative news, and that was a real boost for both of us. Thanks so much for the visit, Pastor Dan.
From our many past concerns/health issues, it just seems to take longer for Jim to recoup and heal. All his incisions, trach opening, and other tube openings have healed without any infections and we are thankful for that. Another chest X-ray showed less fluid in his lungs, so we are thankful for improvement there as well.
So after some adjustments (tube, tests, exercises) we are nearing our time to come home. I am beginning to realize that we will do a length of time of recuperation at home as well. But it will be nice to be at home and able to have some of these services out of the Abby hospital.
So thank all of you for your many, many, many prayers. Jim keeps remembering that we have a great support ("hill") team and he is thankful for that support.
I'll send an update again in a few days of what our discharge from VGH looks like. Bye. Joan