Lois is resting more comfortably and she is not complaining of as much pain – medication seems to have that under control. She is still sleeping a lot but is a lot more alert when she is awake. After 36 hours of broad spectrum antibiotics, Lois is still spiking temps but not as high as 104 – that alone is a great answer to prayer! Her appetite is slowly coming back but she is still sticking to simple foods. Peter, Joy, and Kari are here with us today.
We have more questions than answers but here is what we are learning from yesterday’s CT Scan:
· The tumors in Lois’ liver have all grown since April 1 when the last scan was done. None of them have grown considerably, but since there are more tumors in the liver than we can count, all of them growing just a little have significantly increased the overall size of the liver.
· Since the liver is growing it is pressing into areas where its meeting resistance which causes fibrosis. The fibrosis has caused some blockage in the ureter – the tube that carries urine from the right kidney to the bladder.
· Some of the medical team thinks the infection causing the fever is from the right kidney which looks somewhat inflamed. There are three options: One is to insert a stint in the ureter which has a fifty percent chance of working. Another is to do a Nephrostomy, an external drain inserted through the back into the kidney and attached to a bag worn on the leg. The third option is to do nothing and see what happens and even though that poses risks that is what we have chosen to do at this point.
· There may be some kind of mass in Lois’ lower abdomen or it might be where some of the liver has actually broken through the sack in which it is normally contained.
· The scan shows a blood clot in the lower right lung in an area where it’s not causing a lot of alarm, although Lois will have daily injections of some form of heparin for the next few months.
We still have a lot of questions: We don’t have any long term plans for continued treatment. We know dehydration was one of Lois’ problems when we went to the ER on Friday night we still don’t know why she was dehydrated. Is there anything we can do to attempt to slow or stop the growth of the tumors?
We will try to keep you up-to-date as we learn and make decisions. We appreciate all of you and especially those who have communicated over the past 24 hours that you are praying for Lois and the whole family. We are certain that God worked and will continue to do so.