Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Skinny on Joe and Jack

Joe and Jack had appointments today. Basically, they are both skinny. Duh, you alraedy knew that. But, did you know how skinny? Jack is in the 20th percentile for his age. Joe weighs less than he has in 20 years. All this on the day after I found out that I am OVERweight by 2 pounds. Not fair.

But, Jack's appointment was not focused on his weight. We were all holding our breath to see if Jack's oxygen levels had returned to "normal". **To catch any latecomers up to speed, Jack was in the hospital 2 weeks ago for a total of 3 days (72 hours). His oxygen was a low 80. The alarm on his oxygen monitor was set to go off anytime he dipped below 85. The doc wanted him at 91 awake. Over the last two weeks, we have been monitoring him at home. He got as low as 73. He was on oxygen a lot! He did well with the tubing and canula up his nose, even in his sleep, but it was starting to hamper his "activeness".

At the doc's office today, Jack tested at 93! Praise God! The oxygen company has been called to come and pick up their equipment. And the doc prescribed daily asthma treatments with an inhaler. We are hoping this will stave off future attacks.

Immediately following that appointment was Joe's appointment with his Kidney Doctor. Although he has monthly appointments, this was sort of his annual exam to see how he has progressed. ***Once again, to catch anyone up to speed, Joe was diagnosed with Kidney Disease December 2008. He was in the hospital 2 days (48 hours). The doctor had put him on a regimen to keep all his levels healthy and to "beef" up his kidney (i.e., Steriods). The steroids did not help.

First, Joe is losing too much weight. He got the stomach flu in December and lost A LOT of weight. He never gained it back. He then got a common cold, and he has not been able to shake that. The doc said his lungs sounded horrible. For those reasons, the doc will not start him on the next course. The next step is chemo meds. However, chemo meds will compromise his immune system and Joe can't take that risk right now. I have full confidence in this doctor and his decisions. The only concern we have is Joe's CDL renewal.

Joe is a truck driver and needs his CDL for his current job. The last time he needed a renewal, Joe was denied because of his kidneys. That was the first we found out about the Kidney problem. The regular doctor agreed to put an amendment on the CDL for 3 months for Joe to find out what was going on. Well, the doctor accidently wrote down the wrong year, and actually gave Joe one year and 3 months. Since then, we have discovered the kidney problem and been treating it. His annual exam is coming up next month. We are asking for prayer that Joe's levels will test healthy enough for him to keep his CDL.

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