Eh.

May 26, 2015 at 8:37 PM 4 comments

So how’s it going?

Eh.

The good news is that the kidney itself seems to be working reasonably well.  The not as good news is that other stuff isn’t working quite as well and there’s really no good answer why.

What’s that?  You want a quick medical lesson?  OK…happy to oblige…

The majority of one’s body is fluid.  To drastically oversimplify, there are three main places for that fluid to hang out – in your cells (intracellular), in your bloodstream (intravascular) and…elsewhere – including in the spaces between your cells (interstitial).  The ‘other’ is sometimes referred to as “third space,” and loss of fluids to that space is called “third spacing.”

When things are going well there’s a nice balance between all the fluids.  Kidneys (or dialysis) takes extra fluid and waste out of the blood, you drink fluids that get reabsorbed, and various fluids shift between different spots to keep everything in equilibrium behind the scenes. But sometimes – like when your body goes through a trauma (such as a major operation) the blood vessels just leak fluid and don’t like to take it back.

Ordinarily, they’d get her hopped up on diuretics (yay Lasix!) to ‘dry her out’ and then let the third-spaced fluids absorb back into the bloodstream.  But it ain’t happening – she’s just leaking and not reabsorbing. They’ve pretty much treated for the major medical reasons that might cause this, and the current advice is that we’re just going to have to give her some extra time to heal and it should, in theory, start to pick up once she’s ready for it to pick up.  In the meantime she’s still on the ventilator and heavily sedated, which isn’t great, but isn’t terrible either.

Mostly just eh.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sandy and Bob M. (SCC Florida)  |  May 26, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    The Michelson Family from Mass. To Florida are sending their support, prayers, and love. We are following your blog with much interest.
    Hoping tomorrow will be a better day.

    Reply
    • 2. Hank  |  May 26, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      Thanks guys. Every little bit helps.

      Reply
  • 3. Susan Nathan  |  May 26, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Thinking of Eliana often as we pray for her and send good thoughts and our love.

    Reply
  • 4. Anne  |  May 27, 2015 at 1:55 AM

    Just take it one day at a time, and everything will work itself out. You are always in my prayers

    Reply

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