Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lauren Update. 12/03/09

1 Month, 5 Days:

Lauren still needs as many thoughts and prayers that you can send.

It's been a rough couple of days. Lauren is still on Bi-Pap all the time, to prevent the Dr.'s from having to ventilate. Her CO2 numbers have steadily come down from 117 to 92 to 76 the last day or so (That's the good news!).

She continues to have a very low level of protein in her blood (down to 1.8). They will be giving her several doses of albumin to hopefully bring her protein levels back to normal.

She also continues to take the Merrum antibiotic as well as an antifungal medicine via IV. All of her other meds (enzymes, cellcept, prograf, predisone, vitamins, etc.) are PO (by mouth).

Biggest challenges that she face right now are the Aspergillosis fungal infection in her lungs and the VRE (Vancomycin Resistant E-Coli) growing around her peg tube. Dr. Carla, who we know and trust, reminded us today that this next part will be hard, maybe even harder. At this point it will most likely get worse before it gets better.

But my tough little nut shall survive the fire. I have faith. She's pinky-promised both Robert and I that she will give a 100% effort once we get past this bump in the road.

It must get better. That has become my new mantra.