Saturday, June 22, 2013

Saturday update - June 22nd

Pushing his feeding pump around
Just a very quick post tonight: Theo's labs on Thursday were unchanged from Wednesday, which was not bad news or great news.  He was given Friday off from labs (a very welcome day without a trip to the hospital for us), and then went back this morning for another lab draw.

We're happy to report that Theo's creatinine has trended down slightly since Thursday.  It's not as big of an improvement as we'd like (his creatinine is 0.72), but it is headed in the right direction, and it is MUCH better than the 1.2 level earlier in the week.  I'm pretty sure that 0.72 is the best level that he has had since the hematoma caused the acute kidney failure on May 15th.

We're thankful.  We're hopeful.  We love Theo so much, and are having a great time with him at home (teething and all).

Next labs will be Monday morning.  We hope to have nothing but good news to report from this point on.

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for loving Theo!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wednesday, June 19th - back to hoping

Finally sleeping in the hospital
For those of you that are tired of hearing about Theo's ups and downs: Trust me, I am right there with you.  We are drained, and ready for the light at the end of the tunnel.

Theo's labs on Tuesday didn't get worse, but they didn't get better.  Instead of electing to do a kidney biopsy right away, the nephrologists opted to readmit Theo to the hospital and pump him full of IV fluids for a day to see if his kidney was simply dehydrated.  So, he spent all day yesterday and last night in the hospital getting fluids, and then labs were drawn again this morning.  We were excited to hear that his creatinine came back down to 0.85 this morning.  It's still not a great level, but it's much better than 1.2.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday, June 17th - A bit dejected

Theo spent most of last week on cruise control. His energy was up, his numbers were improving, and his spirits were high. Then, on Friday, things took a turn for the worse.

Initially, we thought it was simply a bad case of teething (which still might prove to be true). Theo has been sleepy, irritable, fussy, and generally un-Theo like over the past three days. Then, this morning's blood test showed that his kidney numbers had deteriorated rather significantly.  His creatinine when from an acceptable 0.80 on Friday to a slightly less acceptable 1.20. We weren't expecting a move in the wrong direction, and this one was rather dramatic. Kidney function shouldn't move that much that way over a weekend.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday, June 10th

Dubya, Theo's transplanted kidney, seems to be WORKING.  Seriously, praise God... for all of the answered prayers, for getting Theo (and us) to this point, and for reminding us that it is an absolute miracle that Theo may be able to live a more full life with Cool Aunt Whit's kidney.

We were encouraged first on Friday, when Theo's labs started to look a little bit better.  Still, there were some conflicting signs (his creatine was down while his BUN was up, when typically they move in the same direction), so we were anxiously awaiting Theo's lab results this morning.  While his numbers are still not perfect, his creatinine has dropped to 0.85 (a normal adult level, but a little bit high for a kid), and his BUN also dropped.  I can't explain how thrilled, or how overwhelmed, we feel.  We've been patiently waiting for this day for several weeks, and we are so thankful to get to it without another setback.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tuesday, June 4th

We had a busy weekend at home with Theo.  Busy, of course, means we had a picnic in the park....