Sandi had her fifth radiation treatment this morning and as of right now she is still scheduled for 20 more. She remains in severe pain from the tumor itself as well as the back spasms it is causing. She is also having some severe stomach cramps that could be those tumors in and around her intestinal tract reacting to the radiation or it could be another issue including some sort of sympathy spasms caused by the large spinal tumor.
That is not the worst of it as the visit with her doctor and the blood work indicates there are severe and worsening issues. There are multiple and worsening issues including one with her white blood cell count as it is soaring. More blood was taken from her for a second round of testing that will included the dreaded bacterial blood tests. The hope is she does not have yet another bacterial blood infection.
Several medications have been stopped as her blood pressure is far too low and that is another puzzler. After putting her into an actual hospital bed in one of the bedrooms instead of out in an infusion chair, they put a massive amount of fluid into her and slowly got her blood pressure back up. I am not sure how much it was, but I do know it was easily in excess of a liter. I suspect it was two.
The current plan is for her to have radiation this week as scheduled and into next week and have her come to the main office for fluids on Friday as well as a doctor visit and more fluid next Tuesday. Before we left this afternoon, two different staff members again went over the drill with me about what to look for, when to call the doctor, and when to call 911. One hopes that I never have to make another 911 call.