Monday, June 9, 2008

One step forward, two steps back

The doctor made his daily rounds today at the clinic and was concerned by Tom's level of weakness. Tom can NOT walk a straight line - he bumps into the walls and sometimes falls. He is extremely shakey - it's hard for him to take a drink from a bottle of water because he shakes so much. He has difficulty pushing an elevator button. He can't zip his jacket. He can't use his computer mouse. During the night I have to support him while he tries so hard to stand up and walk to the bathroom (he has to go 3-4 times). I prop my shoulder in his armpit to help him stay upright and put my arms around him. He's like a ragdoll!

The doctor was also concerned by Tom's slight coughing - remember, Tom had a small spot of residual pneumonia just before his transplant which the doctors determined was not serious enough to hold up the transplant. A scan of his lungs today showed traces of pneumonia. Tom is scheduled to have more tests tomorrow to determine if the pneumonia is bacterial or fungal and what needs to be done to add or change his medicine. Let hope he doesn't have to be hospitalized.

1 comment:

Chris - 9of 9 said...

Hang in there Big Guy!