...and day 10 of this hospital stay. And still it lingers.
The most prominent question being, “What’s causing this pain?” The doctors are comfortable with it being the GVHD and rotavirus and I’m pretty sure they’re right. By all the test results he is improving. But, the more significant question is, “How are we going to manage this pain?” Josh has been having these severe abdominal cramps for over 10 days now and it’s getting old, especially for him. It wears you down when day after day there is no rest or respite and he’s starting to show the signs of wear of sitting on the toilet and cramping every 1 ½ to 2 hours x 24/7.
He started taking Donnatal last night and that is a new analgesic which is supposed to stay in his system longer and provide some long term relief. I really hope it works. The Dilaudid works pretty well when it’s in his system, but if he dozes and doesn’t hit the button for and hour or two it can take three of four hits of it to build it back up to give him some relief and then can take 30 – 40 minutes.