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Posted 2015-03-15T15:57:00Z

Fluid and Jello Shots

Happy Sunday friends! We hope that no matter what season or week you find yourself in, that you get some good Sabbath rest today (or that you did yesterday if you are a Saturday Sabbather). After spending the majority of last week in the stressful, busy, hectic ICU, we are extra attune to how powerful rest can be for the body, mind, and soul from our much quieter hospital room.

Today is our 12th day in the hospital. By now, we know most of the nurses on our floor, Adam’s mom and I have claimed our own meal table in the hospital atrium, and I exclusively wear slippers around like I own the hospital. For as comfortable as Adam’s mom and I have become with the hospital, Adam remains fairly uncomfortable.

Soon after our last update, Adam took a turn for the pain. On Thursday night, Adam weighed 40LBS more than he did when he entered the hospital. That would have been alarming if he’d been given the key to the cafeteria, but it was extra alarming because he’s been on an ice chip and iv drip diet. The doctors sent Adam for a CT scan Friday morning and found massive quantities of fluid in his abdomen and behind his lungs. He immediately had a procedure to drain the fluids and they removed seven liters from his abdomen. Yes, you read that right, SEVEN LITERS. He is still retaining a lot of fluid in his legs, and some in his trunk. So to summarize, he’s got fluid. The fluid retention is a side effect of removing lymph nodes. The doctors hope this abdominal fluid retention was a one-time occurrence, but they can’t guarantee that.

In addition to finding the fluid in Adam’s abdomen from the CT scan, the doctors found that Adam’s left kidney did not survive the surgery, despite the surgeon’s best efforts. The loss of kidney function explains some of the recovery complications that Adam has been experiencing. The doctors feel confident that Adam will be fine with just one kidney, and that his right kidney will soon learn to do all the work on its own and some of his side effects will subside. Thankfully, they don’t believe they will need to remove leftie (Praise for no additional surgeries on the books.)

Since the epic fluid drain, Adam has been feeling much better! He has been moving and sleeping so much easier. Yesterday he graduated to a clear liquid diet (including Jello, which Adam is legitimately excited about). And today, Adam was granted soft foods – so he basically just got his master’s in post-surgery diet.

I won’t sugarcoat it; these are long and weary days. Sometimes, it’s hard to celebrate progress with continued setbacks. But as I re-read the last few posts, I am reminded that Adam is healing and has come so far.

Here are some praises:

·      All of Adam’s organs that are going to wake up have woken up (RIP Left Kidney). This is huge, huge progress!

·      Adam has graduated to a soft food diet. If all goes well, he will get to introduce solid foods slowly. For now, he’s getting specialized nutrition through an IV to boost his vitamin levels.

·      The doctors have figured out pain meds that manage Adam’s pain. He’s still in a lot of pain, but the meds are helping (not fixing but helping).

·      Adam has been in much better spirits since the fluid was drained and his pain has become more manageable (go figure). It’s so good to see him smiling and being funny (snarky) again.

Here are some more prayer requests:

·      Adam’s kidney function – The doctors have said that they have seen damaged kidneys gain some level of functioning back. We would love to see his left kidney heal, or to see his right kidney pick up the pace. Kidney function is critical to reducing fluid retention and keeping electrolytes and potassium levels where they should be.

·      Adam’s mobility – Adam is out racing our elderly floor mates daily on the walker track. He is gaining speed and distance, but moving continues to be painful. He’s frustrated that he ran a Tough Mudder in July and can barely walk for 4 minutes without being winded. This surgery was no joke.

·      Adam’s fluid retention – Adam is still retaining a lot of fluid in his legs and feet. We would love to see his body start to absorb the fluid, and for him to feel more comfortable soon, and for this to not be a long-term ongoing side-effect of lymph node dissection.

·      Adam’s heart rate – Adam’s heart rate is still elevated, please keep praying for calm for his body and mind and for that heart rate to get to a safe, consistent pace.

Thank you for your love, encouragement, and faithful and faith-filled prayers.

To God be the glory great things He has done (and will do),


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Comments (8)

  • Leigh Kramer
    Leigh Kramer

    So glad to hear about these positive developments! Continuing to pray for his recovery.

    8 years ago · Reply
  • Patti Kirkland
    Patti Kirkland

    Allison, thank you so much for the detailed updates on Adam's status. We're praising God for every step he takes and hurdle he overcomes. I'm sure you are weary as well so we're praying for you too. Sometimes I think it's harder to be the spouse that longs to help but can only watch and pray. Know that Russ and I think of you guys and pray for God's continued healing- may that kidney regain function!

    8 years ago · Reply
  • Michele Christy
    Michele Christy

    Still praying and thinking about you guys often. :) The Christy fam.

    8 years ago · Reply
  • Kimberly Peterson
    Kimberly Peterson

    Praying, praying, praying for you both - for God's healing to occur within Adam's body. I am definitely praying for that kidney to start functioning again. Thankful the doctors figured out what was going on and are rectifying it. Adam, you are doing amazing through all of this - hang in there. Allison, you have been a pillar of strength for Adam - praying for you as you work & care for Adam. Hugs & love - praises for the progress made in other areas:) Kim

    8 years ago · Reply
  • Christel Prezalor
    Christel Prezalor

    Lifting Adam and you up in prayer. Keep running to win this race!

    8 years ago · Reply
  • Sandy Olson
    Sandy Olson

    Dearest Allison, praying for you and Adam. Your strength, your faith , your love are inspirational. Thank you for the continued updates. God is Faithful. He does not grow weary when we do. May the strength of the Holy Spirit, our Helper, hold you and Adam up daily. Grace, Grace, Grace through this time of healing , I will pray. Much love to you, Sandy and Andy Olson

    8 years ago · Reply
  • Mary McCullough
    Mary McCullough

    I am so glad there is some progress! After all Adam has been through, it is amazing he can walk! I am carrying you both in my heart and look forward to each post. You have such a gift to communicate! :) We love you, Mary and Lee

    8 years ago · Reply
  • Wilma Ellsworth
    Wilma Ellsworth

    So glad to hear of these praises and for specific ways to pray. Thank you for these updates. They are so encouraging! Loving thoughts of you guys and praying!!

    8 years ago · Reply