Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Good blood counts

The neuro-oncologist's office called today. Steve's blood counts are just right! This is great news.

His BUN (blood urea nitrogen) test indicates elevated kidney function. The RN suspects it's because he's not drinking enough, which is highly probable, given the restrictions on his drinking (only thickened liquids). So I've been charged with encouraging him to drink more.

We saw the radiation oncologist and resident this afternoon. They're pleased with how Steve has reacted so far to treatment. They are as ready as we are to step down the Decadron. That process begins today.

Now we're all home for the day. Cooper is reading aloud to Aunt Ami. Steve and Katie are cuddling and watching Charlotte's Web (the vintage animated version). We'll sit down soon to tortilla soup for dinner and try to stay warm!

7 comments:

Layne said...

I refuse to comment on Steve's BUNs.

Chitnis and Chahal said...

Great to hear about the good blood counts. His BUN should get better once he starts drinking more. All great news about response to medication and reducing steroid dose. I can't wait to see Steve as the gaunt young man I first met at Zale. Am happy to ferry him to treatment on friday, definitely let me know and we can coordinate thursday evening.

Anonymous said...

PRAISE THE LORD!!

Kelly said...

This is really great news. I am so happy to hear about the blood counts...YEAH!!!!

MELISSA TARUN said...

Hooray for Steve! Looking forward to seeing you all this week!

Melissa, Dylan, Thalia & Carys

Laura said...

great news!

Denise said...

Glad to hear the news about the blood count and to read the update on the kids. If we all loved as deeply as you love one another the world would be different.