Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Back at Zale

Steve had a rough day and a half at home, and now we're back at Zale (Room 503).

He's had increased head pain, nausea and vomiting at home. Dr. C was on call this morning and advised us to come in. He had a CT scan of his head at the St. Paul emergency room. (It's part of the UT-SW system, and they were staffed well enough today to take care of a scan quickly. After a few hours in the ER, he was transferred to Zale in an ambulance.) The scan showed nothing different than what we knew was there.

His heart rate is low -- in the low 40s -- though I did see it spike to the 60s at one point. His blood pressure is high. They had him on oxygen at the ER. They have run EKGs and blood work.

It sounds like the best guess is he had a bad reaction coming off the steroids. He'll stay at least overnight at Zale. They're treating his symptoms -- nausea and pain.

I'll update more later with Christmas details. Please continue to pray for Steve, his family and his doctors. He particularly needs a renewal of emotional strength -- he's had such a rough couple of weeks and has done so well, but the process and uncertainty is wearing on him.


Laura said...

I'm sorry to hear you had to return to the hospital. This cannot be an easy time for any of you. We're sending you Christmas wishes, and know that I was thinking of Steve, Tyra, Cooper and Katie with much love today in church. You are in our prayers and thoughts.

chapman.d said...

Thank you so much for these updates. My prayer is that they can indeed control the pain and nausea for Steve. My love and prayers are with you all.

Cluvnsn said...

you guys are in our prayers. i have you on the list of concerns for my sunday school. I hope all is well and you get good news. Carrie

sylentwitness said...

Please let Steve know he is in my thoughts and prayers. God has a plan he is working right now - just be patient with him. Jeremy w/ e-MDs.