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*Update from Sonie*
Very sad to let everyone know that things have taken a rough turn. Doug is on his way to OSU right now to be re- admitted. It has been very scary since he came home Saturday as his blood pressure has been dangerously low and even though he has been pushing fluids like crazy, he is severely dehydrated. He has not been able to stand and walk without help and has passed out several times (luckily I was able to catch him). His Dr. said his body will just keep struggling and thinks they need to be in control to help. I have been doing way too much trying to take care of Doug and have been in a great deal of pain. Praying I have not developed a hernia. Please keep us in your prayers as we face these set backs and try to get back home together and to truly start healing. Your love and support helps us so much and we are sincerely grateful to you all.
Doug and Sonie are both home, enjoying being back together and sleeping in their own bed. Doug's blood pressure has been dangerously low but is now inching up. Sonie is doing way too much, of course. They are both beginning to get their appetites back and both sides of the family are making sure they are well fed. They couldn't have done this without all of the prayers and support of their friends and family. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Sonie is doing well at home. Moving around gingerly and looking forward to Doug getting out of the hospital. That was supposed to be today, but low blood pressure issues delayed that from happening. Bummer for Doug, but he knew he was too weak to come home. Blood pressure was much better today. He took a couple of walks with Molly. She was impressed that he moved at a pretty good clip. We Gibsons are fast walkers! If all stays the same or gets better Doug will be checking out of Theee Ohio State University Hospital tomorrow. We are humbled by the concern, prayers and love shown to Doug and Sonie throughout this whole ordeal. Y'all rock.
Sonie is doing better after an extremely rough night. Fever and nausea is under control and she is feasting on jello and walking laps around the 9th floor. Doug's creatinine is NORMAL and he is feeling great. All of the toxins from a non-functioning kidney are out of his body thanks to Sonie's kidney, now known as Lefty Lucy. Doug is pretending his ice chips are steak. Hopefully the NG tube will be removed tomorrow and he too can feast on gelatin. Long time friend, Jeff Sandow, and his girlfriend Wendy brought a Katzinger's Deli feast. It's being kept safely (?) in the patient fridge. The nurses were awfully excited about it, so we'll see what's left! Doug and Sonie enjoy reading all of your comments and well wishes on Facebook. It's a real morale booster!
Sonie is making great strides. Swelling has gone down, catheter and IV's are history, and she is taking short walks with Missy's assistance. On the down side, she's in a bunch of pain but is handling it like a champ.
Doug is being hit hard with mega-steroids to wipe out his immune system even more than it already was. He has had a reaction to them which we were told could happen. He has a fever and is feeling fairly cruddy. His hemoglobin is very low so they gave him a unit of blood. He walked with assistance to his new room which is right next door to Sonie's. They got to see each other face to face for the first time. We were hoping to pipe in the theme from Chariots of Fire to make it more poignant. Instead they had to settle for an annoying IV alarm.
Another day of healing in the books. Life is good.
Doug and Sonie are out of surgery and things could not have gone any better! Doug's new kidney is functioning beautifully and the doctors are beyond pleased. All of our prayers have been answered and life is good!
Boy is this real now! Doug had his central line put in and the drs have decided to do a dialysis treatment as his creatinine continues to be extremely high. They said it was better to do it now than to do it after the transplant and really tax his new kidney (mine! still can't believe it!) His transplant Dr also explained to us that he will have a a lot more risks this time due to his vascular disease and scarring from the first transplant surgery. I know they have to warn you about everything but I'm very scared. He is at dialysis now and in the meantime I have given 18 vials of blood, had an EKG, talked to my transplant doc and had my left side marked for tomorrow (Doug will receive my left kidney) and I'm all IV'd up and ready. Wow! This still seems like a dream! Getting pretty nervous now but after all Doug's been through, I'm sure not going to be a sissy. I'm so excited for him to get some quality of life back. I will keep the updates coming as long as I'm able then I'm sure our family will fill in. XOXO, Sonie
Doug’s creatinine has skyrocketed. His numbers will have to be lowered so they can successfully perform the transplant. He’ll be in the hospital tomorrow to receive IV fluids that will hopefully make him much less toxic. No wonder he feels so rotten! August 2nd can’t get here soon enough.