Monday, September 19, 2011
An unexpected lab result
Today was treatment day and we went as usual. While Glenn was getting his treatment the Dr. came to talk to us and said that Glenn's potassium level was dangerously low and he was admitting him to the hospital for hopefully one night to get it to a normal level. The danger is that when the chemistry is dangerously imbalanced it can affect the heart so he needs to be monitored while he receives the potassium and magnesium by IV. Glenn amazingly never has had any symptoms for as low as it is. When I texted his sister she called and said she is also in the hospital, (different one), because her potassium was dangerously high! (She is dealing with a different kidney disease and has been without kidneys and on dialysis for several years). These kidneys of our are amazing organs and have a big, complicated job to perform. It's amazing that they work as well as they do in most of us. So we're here in the hospital and he's getting his potassium slowly infused. We're hoping he will be discharged tomorrow. I'll let you know what happens.