|Terence on the up-swing: Eric showing him a hunting video|
I am creating this post a little differently. You'll hear from both Terence and I......I'll be typing for Terence since he's not up to it, and his post will be short........
The diagnoses (DX) came back confirming that the kidney we thought was "dead" was functioning somewhat but it didn't have the ability to drain since his kidney ureter is completely blocked by cancer-----they needed to drain the kidney by putting a by-pass in. The stagnant kidney created a perfect storm for an infection to brew- which it did. The ER and ICU docs and nurses worked aggressively for 3 days to stay ahead of the infection, which was life threatening.
Three days after he entered the ER the medical staff felt confident that they got a grip on it. Now they are following up on his cultures to be sure he goes home 100% clean- no infection left, or cultures re-growing, post draining.
Now he has 2 kidney by-passes which he was hoping not to have. In the midst of all the chaos, Terence was barely cognitive and had difficulty understanding the need for the nephrostomy (kidney by-pass)- so he wouldn't give his consent. He kept insisting that he came in with a fever so why wouldn't they just give him some Tylenol and send him home. At one point there were 3 doctors, his nurse, Nadine (our daughter) and I trying to explain it to him. Mike (our son-in law who is an internalist whom Terence trusts very much), had to explain in simple terms that he is very sick and needs medical intervention.
|Our grand daughter Annie waiting outside to see "Papi"|
|Mike, helping Pop understand the seriousness & Callie keeping it light|
|Praying for Terence before he went into emergency surgery.|