Thursday, May 14, 2009

Another Update (Thursday)

It’s about 9:30 pm, and we’re about ready to turn in for the night. As of around 4:00 pm, Thunder Bear’s “numbers” are right where they need to be, both his glucose and his bicarb(?). He had his first meal in two days, most of a personal pizza and some sugar-free punch, and his glucose held up fine. Our night nurse, Deadra, came on at about 7:00, and Thunder Bear cried when Maureen left. I did my first test on him, and got my first hands-on lesson in setting up the injection, though the nurse took care of injecting. Thunder Bear is about as over-stimulated by the poking, prodding, and foreign environment as he is able to tolerate, so the last few procedures have been extremely emotional and difficult for him. The IV is still in for additional fluids, and I’m hoping that as he continues to “plump up”, the pricks and pokes won’t be as uncomfortable. A decent night’s sleep won’t do any harm either, and I think they’ll only be waking him once, at 2:00 am, for a glucose check.

A great big “thank you” for all of the offers of support and assistance, and all of the prayers and good thoughts. It’s going to be an adjustment for all of us, most particularly for Thunder Bear, but I’m confident we will transition and move forward. Thunder Bear has an excellent chance of living a long, healthy, full life, and there are technologies which should become available in the next few years which will make on-going management even easier. We are blessed to have access to excellent medical care.

Signing off for now….

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