Posted (Tina) in All Posts on November-26-2008

Ella had a great day.

She seems like she is feeling a lot better. We called Dr. Perry so he could look up the lab results for us. On Monday when the labs were done, her BUN was 31. This is definitely more on the dry side. We’ve continued to give the aldactazide twice per day. She is peeing less too, so I think she might even be a touch more dry than Monday.

For whatever reason, it seems like she does best when her BUN range is in the 30’s these days. In other words, running very dry. If you remember, her BUN was 37 when she was discharged from the hospital. Because she was doing so well clinically, the doctors were not overly concerned about it.

It is amazing to see the turnaround in her behavior clinically since last Friday. Man, when we use the Bumex now, it really hits her system and dries her out. And to think that we were giving it twice per day for months and that her body had acclimated and it stopped working. Wow. We’re so thankful that we are not having to use as many diuretics to get the same impact.

When I came home, Ella was so happy and smiley. She is still retching quite a bit, but she is so much happier overall. I hope it lasts through the holiday week. It would be nice to spend some quality time with Ella while she is feeling good.

Kelly left tonight to go and visit her family for the holidays. So it is just the three of us in our home. It should be a nice few days of relaxation. Now I just hope that Ella will sleep at night…that would be awesome!

Grandpa is coming over tomorrow in the morning to hang out for the day and help cook Thanksgiving dinner. It should be fun. He’s bringing the dogs too. They have not been to this house in months. It should be a bit crazy with the dogs chasing the cats around the house. I’m not sure that Pumps and Macy will appreciate having the dogs over for Thanksgiving, but it should make them thankful that they are not in the house all the time to chase them around!

Please pray for Ella’s continued health and that tomorrow is a blessed day of rejoicing and thanksgiving for all families and friends.