Do as I do, not as I say

May 21, 2015 at 10:15 PM 2 comments

We were finally allowed in Eliana’s room a little after 5:00 yesterday. Then…the tornado of doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and various other professionals.  I’d sit down long enough to take a breath, only to have three people pop in to jot down six test results or monitor reading and then tweak some things.  It’s exactly what we’d been warned to expect, but draining nonetheless.

If one were to just listen to the doctors discussing all the test results and trying to figure them out you’d think she was in bad shape.  But after a 20 minute conversation about all her oddities they’ll turn and say “she’s doing great – no changes for now.”  Or “these test results don’t make sense, but this other one is what we really care about and it’s GREAT.”

Much like the stock market, you can make yourself crazy if you try to track every single item every minute of every day.  A lot of stuff is just noise, and life is better when you can figure out ho to block out the noise and focus on the important stuff. In this case, if the doctors make a change it’s probably worth paying attention, but if they don’t take action based on some test result I can probably choose to not worry about it either.

Which brings me to what you’re really wondering.  She’s doing pretty well overall.

Long story short, her test results show the kidney is doing a great job of filtering out creatinine – a primary measurement of kidney function. Normal is somewhere under .5 (five-tenths but on dialysis she was regularly as high as 6-8 (no decimal point).  By this morning, 18 hours after surgery, she was down within the normal range. Yippee!  Still lots of other adjustments to be made, but the big stuff seems to be working great for now.


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Would You Rather…? Eh.

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bubbe  |  May 21, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Much much love to my baby girl.
    Love, Bubbe

  • 2. Kim  |  May 22, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    That’s such great news Hank. You all will continue to be in the prayers of many.


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