Wednesday, January 12, 2005

And GVHD

Okay, I admit I thought we were probably going to dodge the GVHD when Josh’s cultures came back showing rotavirus and we’d be able to stop one treatment and focus on the other. It just wasn’t meant to be. The pathology from the samples they took from his colonoscopy came back showing GVHD so it’s still a two-front battle. Josh will continue on the immune-suppressant drugs and the steroids and complete the course of oral IViG (there’s an oxymoron for you). The doctor was relatively confident that the IViG would clear up the rotavirus in about a week. It could still take a while to clear up the GVHD and we’ll start to re-introduce foods very cautiously and slowly in about a week. Maybe.

Generally, Josh is gaining a little strength back and they put him on a pump for the Dilaudid to help him manage the pain which, unfortunately, still persists and is pretty debilitating. I would say there is marked improvement, though.

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