Ephesians 3:20 "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us"

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Liver seems to be producing Protein

So the liver seems to be producing protein...so where is he losing the protein is the question.

Well . . . I did not get to post about something they found before we left Duke. About two weeks before we left Duke they found a questionable mass in Caleb's chest. They tested for different types of Cancer and do not believe it is a cancerous type of mass. They are wondering if it is a lymph fluid build up. Possibly due to a lymph vessel getting nicked during one of his surgeries and leaking out into his body. So. . . when we left Duke they suggested we keep an eye on this mass to see what happens. Well now that he is losing protein, Dr. Markert is wondering if he is dumping the protein into his mass. Dr. Markert suggested that they do another x-ray to see what his mass looks like. I haven't heard back from any of the docs at Pittsburgh yet so. . . we will see. His Albumin gets checked again on Monday so we will so how that level is. I hope and pray that it stabilizes and starts going back up.

God Bless you all!!

God Bless Caleb!!

P.S. I will be adding pictures to this post hopefully later on today.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Albumin level is low

So his Albumin level, protein level, is low. This level continues to drop and we are not sure where he is losing his protein. So far it doesn't seem to be that he is losing it in his urine or stool so the last thing to check is to see if his liver is making enough protein. I hope and pray that it is and that maybe we just have to re-run the urine and stool tests and find something there. We should get the results regarding the liver sometime this afternoon. A big concern with this level dropping is that he could third-space (send the fluid that should be going to his vessels out to his tissues, lungs, etc.). So we are keeping a close eye on him making sure he doesn't start to swell. I have been talking to Dr. Markert (the Dr. that did his tranplant-love that woman) to see what she thinks. We are communicating via email regarding his labs so maybe she will be able to provide some insight also.

God Bless you all!!

God Bless Caleb!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

New part for the Camera on its way

Hey all just a quick update. I found out what is wrong with the camera and a new part is in the mail. YEAH it is so exciting...I will be inundating you all with pictures very soon!! You will be shocked.

Friday, February 08, 2008

No UTI but some abnormal labs

So we are still trying to get settled in here at home. We finally had Christmas this past weekend. It was so nice. Caleb got more toys-imagine that. His grandparents and all his aunts and uncles love to spoil him. Thanks everyone.

I wish I could send thank you cards out to all of you for your generous gifts, cards, emails, etc. I am just so very busy and that is no excuse. Thank you also to all of our friends at Xerox (where Aunt Jen works). They sent Caleb so many wonderful gifts: clothes, diapers, stuff for his crib, etc. That we really needed! Thank you all. It amazes me how many wonderful people we have been blessed by that have come into our lives in the past 18 months. Thank you all.

Caleb did not have a UTI, but is having some abnormal labs. Some of his levels are not within the norm and hopefully we can get some of them stabilized with his new TPN. We will have to wait and see. We have clinic appointments next week so maybe we will learn more then. They are also planning on doing his next set of lab work for Duke while we are there so PRAY HARD FOR TCELLS.

On to nursing care. I think we were spoiled by the wonderful nurses at Duke and Childrens. We do have 1 nurse, who comes 8 hours a day monday through friday, and she is very good. However, I hang his IV medicines at night, do his dressing changes, change his cap on his IV etc. It has been very hectic. The company who does his IV meds is pretty much worthless, they keep messing up his drugs and if it wasn't for Brian and I double checking what they send we could have had some big issues. We do qualify for 16 hours a day of nursing care, but at this time we are only getting 8 hours a day Monday through Friday. So needless to say, I have not been really impressed with that so far either. But Brian and I have gotten in to a routine and have been working hard to get a routine down together. It is a shame what we were lead to believe didn't happen. But what can you do-

Well Caleb is only down for a nap for a short time and I have to get his IV meds out of the frig, get some laundry done, and do some chores around the house.

Special prayers:
Friends of the family lost their baby girl Victoria this past weekend. Please keep the parents, the brothers, and the extended family in your prayers.
Another friend of the family's son was in a car accident a couple months ago and was paralyzed. He is slowly regaining some movement in his limbs. Please pray for his family that he will continue to make progress in his rehabilitation.

We love you all and thank you for continuing to check on our little man.

God Bless you all!!

God Bless Caleb!!