Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Back in Hotel Parnassus

Nancy is back in the hospital tonight, for hopefully just a couple of days. Her back spasms have come and gone and come again over the last two weeks, and got extremely severe Saturday night. The last few days have honestly been hellish, as her pain levels skyrocketed, she's needed 24x7 care, and she's been unable to even move at times. Fortunately, we were able to put together a good combination of powerful prescription pain killers, and broke the spasm cycle yesterday afternoon. She still is using a walker to get around, and her shoulder and neck muscles are locked up, but she seems to be past the worst of the pain.

However, at her normal clinic visit today, some of her liver function tests did not look good, so they want to run a series of tests. Ultrasound, MRI, more blood work. And there are other issues. She's still on a very high dose of prednisone, and her hands are now shaking a lot, which is a common side effect. Her blood oxygen levels were a bit low, and she was getting pretty loopy this afternoon, so she's on oxygen, and doing better. We don't know what this all means yet.

I'm being brief because I'm pretty short on sleep. So I will send an update when we know more. Like many nights, I have a candle burning on our kwan yin altar, a comforting light in the darkness. Help me hold the vision for her complete recovery.


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