Today was a busy day for Butch - they took out the epidural and the Foley Catheter. He got an injection of Lasix, Heparin (because of the blood clots in March), sucrose - to drive the potassium back into the cells, and he recieved Physical and Occupational Therapy. Sat in the chair for well over 2 hours. We were doing well, but, when we went to move him back to the bed, he became very short of breath. They are giving him breating tretments every 4 hours now. Also his temperature went up - to 101.3 - and they ran tests to fing out why - EKG, Chest X-ray, CT scan. We do not have the results yet - they are trying to find out if fluid has built up in the abdominal area - that causes these symtoms (I think the nurse said polar infusion, but I could be wrong). After giving him tylenol, his temp went back down. I will post tomorrow with the answer.
Oh yes - he is without the IV and was served a normal lunch and dinner - food looked TERRIBLE - and he did not eat much. He is quite a picky eater anyway, and , because of the cancer has many dietary restrictions. I will try to contact dietary tomorrow - they served him dried out meat covered with awful looking gravy (they said one meal was turkey and one pork - but - they looked exactly the same - and tasted the same - sawdust!), vegetables that looked like they were cooked overnight - removing any possible nutrition from them, and white everything - bread, potates (covered with that nasty gravy), and LOADS of sugar - with extra packets for good measure. I will speak to someone about this. I will take some ensure in tomorrow, I got him an apple and a banana from the cafeteria today. We will have to fix this somehow.
I am hoping that he does not have fluid in that cavity - please say a prayer for him tonight.