Okay, so this morning Raya's super-cute tech was doing her vitals and I SWEAR (and 2 nurses & a tech will agree) that Raya said, "Blood pressure!" while pointing to the blood pressure cuff on her leg. No joke, she totally said it. She is a smart girl.
She is definitely making progress. The last 2 days, when she throws up first thing in the morning it's just clear fluid coming out (i.e. whatever saliva she's swallowed) so that's a very VERY good thing. Up until yesterday, every time she threw up it was large amounts of bile in various colors and was quite disgusting. I can handle saliva & dry heaving, which there's still a lot of. This morning she only threw up twice which was a huge improvement from the rest of the time we've been here. Most of the other mornings she's thrown up 5 times before 9:00 and this weekend it was 4-5 times before 7:00 so today was pretty exciting for me.
She's starting on a new medication to try & increase her motility and hopefully decrease the dry heaving and hopefully we'll see better results from this one than the others we've tried. She'll be having an upper GI sometime in the next hour to see if for some reason her J tube is obstructing her stomach from emptying. If it is, that's a problem and they'll have to take her back to IR (interventional radiology) and have them try to reposition it. I'm crossing my fingers that we don't have to do that because it was difficult enough to get it in the first time.
Her weight was down to 9.095kg today which is about 20 lbs 1 oz, so pretty much she's lost about half a pound since she's been here. That's not good but I don't know how or if that will impact us being able to leave. Tomorrow they'll check her electrolyte levels to see if we're doing sufficient replacement for what she loses when we drain her stomach and then it will just be a matter of how long they want to monitor her to make sure we're on the right track.
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