At the follow-up visit this morning with Steve's doctor's physician assistant (super cheerful Brooke), we learned that his spirometer level is better. That means he's able to expel more air today than he was two weeks ago.
His blood oxygen level hasn't improved, though. Most people have a level of 99 or 100 percent, meaning their blood cells are fully saturated with oxygen. Steve's level was 92 percent today.
Brooke's remedies so far: a new inhaler, some allergy medicine and another antibiotic. He also had a chest X-ray taken at the hospital. The doctor's office will call today if necessary. Otherwise we'll see her again early Monday morning.
He also has another case of thrush -- an infection in his throat. He's battled it off and on since taking Decadron. The steroid lowers his immunity and makes him more susceptible to thrush. The infection is part of the reason why food doesn't taste very good to him. He mostly enjoys spicy food right now -- anything that can penetrate the thrush.
I'll update this weekend if we hear anything before Monday.
1:20 p.m. update: Brooke just called. Steve's chest X-ray is normal! No pneumonia! Woo hoo!