Friday, January 25, 2008

Surgery Delayed

Another wild day! We had Sabine’s lab work drawn on our way to the UW Hospital Catheter Lab where we met Dr Yevzlin who would be performing the surgery to put in the more permanent (and more aseptic) tunnel catheter for dialysis.

We just started watching one of Sabine’s favorite movies (Johnnie Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean”) when the doctor came in and said that her blood work (because of the chemotherapy) had dropped too low to do surgery.

Sabine is now deep into a neutragenic condition with WBC at 0.4 (two days ago it was 2.0) and her platelet level at 48 (two days ago it was 150). So we packed up, cleaned up and went home.

For those of you following numbers, Sabine’s creatinine level was at an all-time high of 7.7 and her BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) was at 68 and her hemoglobin was 10.5 (two days ago it was 12.0).

The dialysis is still scheduled for late this afternoon in the clinic’s neutragenic room to help prevent Sabine from getting any infections.

Ken, Barb, and I are taking all kinds of sanitary precautions and avoiding contact with others during this period of time as her blood cells plummet and the chemotherapy does its work. Please pray for no complications and no infections during this time. When we go to do blood work on Monday her immune system will be just about at its lowest.

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