Sunday, March 20, 2011
What more can sores do?
When we were first starting to get ready for transplant the dr's were talking about how sometimes they would have to give two platelet transplant a day. I kind of laughed it off thinking that Aubree would never need something like that. But Aubree's sores are getting worse. They are chewing through her platelets so her sores are bleeding and cant clot off. This is why she is throwing up and pooping blood. She started getting two transfusions a day of platelets, but that didnt work either, her counts were still very low. So they Dr's decided to put her on a platelet drip. She gets platelets for 12 hours a day. Aubree has a double broviac, meaning that she has two tubes coming from her chest to run IV lines into. Platelets can only be given by themselves in a one of the lines, that means that all other medications have to be run in the other line. But not all the medications are capadable, so they decided to give her platelets for four hours and then off for four hours, making a total of 12 hours. In the morning its still a little tricky and they have to take her off of her IV nutrition to give all her medications, but she is only off for about 2 hours and then they can hook it back up again. Its crazy to see her IV pole it is full, if they need to add another pump they will have to get a bigger one. Today they also added a diuretic drip. She is gaining weight everyday no matter how much medication they give her to get it off her. So instead of giving her high doses at different times of the day, its easier on her kidneys to just have a constant stream of diuretics into her body. Hopefully she wont gain anymore weight. She is now over 2 kilos, almost 6 pounds. She looks like a little Buddha. They are also watching her liver really close because all her symptoms point towards liver trouble, but her blood tests do not show any signs. Her side that her liver is on is also enlarged, but they are doing what they would if she did have the trouble with her liver. They may increase the medication that they are giving her, and maybe increase her diuretic drip but that is all that they would do. They would really just try to help her through till her counts come back and her body can right its self. We are hoping that this week brings nothing new for her body because she wont en graft at least for another week and a half.