Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Right Direction

A quick update from Tara: Bryan is down in the hospital with Henry tonight. Overall, he had a good day. We're were seen by a number of physicians, and no one seems to have a firm grasp on what's going on. Which is ok.

The goals of this admission were twofold: to make sure that we weren't missing something major, and to get the swelling to go down. I'm pleased to report that we have progress on both fronts. Essentially all of the testing done has been normal, with the exception of the low protein and electrolyte abnormalities that we already know about. This is great news. Even better, Henry's swelling seemed to respond to some of the IV medicine that he got in the hospital, and though he's still quite swollen, we appear to be headed in the right direction.

There's a little more testing scheduled for tomorrow (which I expect to be normal.) We hope to be discharged after that, with close followup this week with the oncology clinic.

The best news of all is that Henry remains in great spirits. He chatted me up the whole way to the hospital last night. He went on and on about all of the fun things about the hospital (the food, the nurses, the toys), and I think he was actually looking forward to being there for a little while. It's amazing that he's put aside all of those bad memories, but has been able to hold on to the good ones. What a trooper!


Anonymous said...

He's strong like you! Glad to hear he's doing better.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update Tara!
Hope you are home soon! Henry is such a trooper it is amazing!
We love you guys!

Cousin Susan H.

Anonymous said...

Tara, thx for the update. Hopefully Henry will be home tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Dear Tara,
Thanks for the update. I'm so glad to hear that the swelling is going down some. I hope everything continues to go better. Hope that you will all be home soon. Take care.
Gina H.

granya said...

And Henry discovered Hershey Kisses this week. He is generously sharing the silver colored ones - enjoys the seasonal colored wrappers better for himself.

So glad he can see out of both eyes now.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. Hope that everything goes smoothly with the testing tomorrow and that Henry is headed back home soon. Glad to hear that so far it hasn't been anything more serious.

Anonymous said...

Tara & Bryan, Thank you for so selflessly keeping us apprised on everything that is going on. I check very often and adjust my prayers accordingly. Give Henry a kiss from us!

Dirk, Shannon and Logan

Anonymous said...

Sweet dreams Henry! Hope everyone gets a good nights sleep. We're anxious to see you back at home tomorrow.

Love, Julie, Brad, Patrick, Andrew and Samantha

Anonymous said...

Keep up the happy spirits!! I know that helps all of you and me too.