Thursday, September 29, 2011

and now for the rest of the story....

Ok, now I can give all the info I have at this time. We went to G'ville yesterday to see the oncologist and find out what the next course will be for Glenn's treatment. His labs looked pretty good except for his potassium and albumin. His potassium was a little too high! And his albumen was too low. So he received a dose of albumin via IV and some lasix to help get rid of some of the edema. The Dr. also said to stop the potassium, and start taking lasix again. Glenn and I just smiled at each other when the Dr. said to start taking lasix and the other diuretic he was taking before he went in the hospital last week. So, first on the diuretics and no potassium and edema got much better, then potassium was too low because too much diuretic so he was told to stop taking diuretics and take potassium and edema immediately got bad again, so he was to stop the potassium and start the diuretics again, but take potassium in a couple days. Hopefully we can find a combination that will stabilize his chemistry and get rid of the edema.
The labs I was waiting to get today had some good results: the count of the kappa chains that have been destroying Glenn's kidneys has gone way down and are near normal. So the chemotherapy treatment seems to be doing what it is supposed to be doing! This will not make the kidneys get better but the hope is that they will stay stable and not get to the next stage where dialysis is required. So the plan of treatment is to do two more cycles like he just finished which is two weeks of chemo and one week off. Then we will go back to G'ville and  find out what is next. The Dr. said that if the kidneys are stable Glenn will go on a maintenance dose of chemo. Don't know exactly what that will be, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. One step at a time. It's nice to get some positive news for a change. :-)

1 comment:

  1. YES! Good positive news for a change.
    I have to admit that my brain was spinning reading all the medication treatments and NOT.
    I would have to write it down and study it to know what to do. But then, we ARE talking about Glenn.

    God Bless you both.