News, updates, and happenings with the Kragnes family: Phil, our Seeing Eye Dogs, and (me) Rebecca.

Archive for February, 2014

Catching up my readers

Hello blog readers.

I honestly don’t remember when I blogged last. Life has been kind of crazy. Phil went back into the hospital super Bowl Sunday. I only mention it, because it was hard to find a ride to get Garron back home to me. Phil wasn’t expecting to be admitted when he made a clinic visit, but the bloating was just on much.

It was discovered during his stay that the bloating is due to pockets of fluid in his gut. Then it took another day to convince doctor’s to try a medication which had worked getting fluid into the system where the kidney could help get rid of it. Meanwhile, Phil asked me to keep Garron at home, because he felt he had been uprooted too many times in the last weeks. I skipped my Malt Shop gig, but on Super Bowl Sunday it’s pretty dead there anyway. I had my Tuesday appointments by phone, and Phil got home Wednesday evening. This was just in time, because I had an appointment on Thursday I had rescheduled three times. I had to go, and I was not looking forward to hearing Garron cry due to being left alone in the house.

As for the bloating, some of the fluid has exited, but there’s still a lot around his middle. It’s hard to be motivated to drink as they want him to do when he feels so bloated to start.

Both of us had tempers snap today, but stress will do that.

Phil was already backing at the clinic today, and although the numbers continued to come down during the hospital stay, they’ve stopped moving which has everyone concerned. Doctors adjusted his medication, and he has to return Monday. If they haven’t moved by then, a biopsy may be scheduled. Nobody wants that, so if you pray, pray for lower numbers.

Speaking of prayers, a friend of my wrote a blog entry to which I’ll provide a link at the end of this one. I have had very similar experiences to hers, and it’s nice that she’s written it so succinctly yet clearly.


Admitted to hospital again

Here’s the latest. Phil went to clinic where they tried severl things to unlock the traffic jam in his intestines. Nothing seemed to work so he’s been admitted to the hospital yet again. The nurse just read me doctor’s notes saying there’s no visible blockage in the latest set of X-rays. Yet other X-rays show something very different. one of Phil’s coworkers who brought Garrn home to me can clearly see how distended the stomach is. Garron will remain with me and Zane this time. Phil doesn’t want him outside of the home environment. This means I’ll have to do appointments by phone or reschedule them. I had to cancell my Malt Shop gig because of this, but if I had to miss, tonight was a good one to skip. The superbowl has most people’s attention anyway. I’m a strange combination of worried and angry. I saw improvement after some interventions, and then things took a bad turn last night. Hopefully Phil can advocate for himself to get what he needs. I can only do so much by phone here.

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