I know my original post has been locked, but forgive me for creating a new topic. Things are not looking good for Randy. I pray that God enspire his doctors and strengthen his family.
Here's what I got, this morning:
"Today’s news is not encouraging. One doc said today that Randy has taken a turn for the worse. His white blood cell count has gone up…two days in a row. The count today was 18. His kidneys remain quiet and non functioning. After yesterday’s chest x-ray there was nothing indicating pneumonia however the doc says that there may be some fluid in the lungs. They performed yet another CT scan today which showed no change in Randy’s intestines. The last day that Randy had any appreciable interaction with us was on Friday. He has since then opened his eyes many times but has not responded to commands (i.e. squeeze my hand, blink your eyes). As in a previous message it has been difficult to see Randy in an agitated state.
Those are the facts.
The message from the docs that they don’t know what is causing Randy’s illness. I used the phrase “shooting in the dark” to describe what has been happening over the past week. Randy is very sick. The medical team, without knowing what is wrong with Randy, is doing one thing then another to see what works. True, he was getting better little by little over several days but now he is reversing course with the trend of the blood chemistry and other numbers going in reverse from where they were. The docs are proposing one more thing to try and divine what might be the cause of all of this….that is an endoscopy. They want to look into his duodenum (or further) to see what can be seen if anything. That may happen tomorrow.
This is very frustrating.
Naturally they are hoping that Randy will recover and can come home. They have had several conversations with the docs about end-of-life decisions. I have to be candid here. How long can this go on? Linda from the beginning were thinking that as long as Randy was improving (even a little each day) they could continue with whatever treatment was suggested. Now the numbers aren’t so good and where do we go from here. At this point it is a situation where we assess what is happening on a day by day basis and make our decisions on wherever the trend is coupled with the guidance of the docs.
Tomorrow brings more information via the endoscopy.
Linda is going home (to Arizona) tomorrow morning. She is leaving with a heavy heart not completely knowing if she will see her brother again. But she also knows that Randy is in good care and that they will keep her completely informed and will consult with her on any possible decisions."