This post is going to sound dire. Sorry. But I'm scared.
Annika's bleeding increased last night. She went for a tapping of the fluid in her abdomen yesterday (the pocket they tapped was not the source of her infection). And then went for a CT to look for other possible fluid pockets that could be the home for the bacteria. After the CT, she sat on the bedside commode and filled the bucket below with blood. Then she leaned over and vomited even more blood. Repeat scene 1 hour later. After that, she stooled blood every hour or two through the night (continuing this morning). They put her on a rapid transfusion of blood, but her hemoglobin was still dropping alarmingly after two units of blood (and two of plasma to help her body clot off the bleeding) had gone in. Around midnight they switched her to a new combination of I.V. antibiotics, hoping to curb the infection that is making the bleeding worse. Finally, after the third unit of blood, her hemoglobin stabilized and then went up.
This morning she is feeling much better, but still bleeding. The new theory is that she had not only varices in her esophagus, but also in her intestine. The Rex shunt, which had been planned, would have taken care of both kinds of varices, but the shunt she got instead may have actually increased the pressure on those lower varices. I have no idea what they are going to do to relieve the pressure on those varices.
Add to that that the CT showed fluid accumulating around her heart and that the X-ray showed the areas of collapse in her lung worsening, and you get some shaky hands and gray hairs a-poppin' out everywhere.
I know Running2Ks
had suggested giving blood for Annika (she has had now 9 transfusions over the past few days). I think that is a wonderful impulse, but would instead encourage you, if you feel like doing something, to simply give blood at your local Red Cross. Obviously, increasing the blood supply for everyone helps out Annika, too.
also offered to post for me, and I'm adding her to this blog so that she may do that for me.
OK, so I am completely wired on coffee, no sleep, and nervous stomach acid. Thus the possible disjointedness and gaps in the story. But, it bears repeating, Annika is doing well and is stable. She has already informed the doctors that she wants ice cream tomorrow
. I don't see that happening, but I think her demand is a good sign that she is still going strong.