Thursday, July 31, 2008
Another good day
As reported by Melanie - When we got there this morning, they told us Butch had gone back to the atrium fibulation - which he had two days ago, although they had fixed yesterday's problem with the bottom part of the heart. They increased his lopressor from 37.5 to 50 mg. Cardiology wanted to do a cardizem drip to lower the HR (it was around 130 beats). However his HR dropped and stayed around 65 beats on its own so he didn't need it. There is still some edema but he has lost enough that his lasix is lowered to 20 mg. IV and the cardioogist is hoping for him to be able to start taking the lasix by mouth. Food intake has improved & blood work looks good - creatine is down - from 2.0 to 1.8 , which means that kidney function is improving. Electrolytes are slightly under - gave one bag of potassium and 2 bags of magnesium IV. Much more alert tonight. The infection is clearing up very well, and - all in all - we had a good day. He talked to the Grand-kids tonight, and watched a little jeopardy and wheel of furtune. VASTLY improved - we hope to turn the corner very soon.