Thursday, November 25, 2004

T + 6; It's not pretty

Vomiting and diarrhea are just making him miserable and certainly aren’t helping his mouth sores and sore throat. He’s been getting a small dose of morphine every four hours for his throat pain. It was at the point where he was having difficulty swallowing. Poor kid just doesn’t feel good, but he’s managing pretty well. He’s getting Lomodium every six hours for the diarrhea and they’ve taken him off any food or drink for a day or so to let his stomach clear up. He can drink tea with just a touch of honey and that seems to sooth the throat pain and makes him as comfortable as anything else.

His counts are dropping and I expect he’ll get platelets today or tomorrow. Red blood cells and hemoglobin are just starting to drop but are still in normal range, so it will probably be early next week before he needs whole blood.

Like his nurse said last night, “Poor kid’s not feeling good at all, but this is right where we expected him to be.” And, as we’ve seen time and again, this too will pass.

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