March 5, 2017
Em went with us this morning for Den’s IV therapy session. She hung out with us during Den’s infusion and the staff loved her. She is a happy girl most of the time and today she is bubbly. When Den’s therapy was finished, we all headed over to Marian for Freshman registration. Den asked if he could come in with us to see what it was all about. We checked in, got our folder and found a place to sit. Em’s registration sheet already had 2 subjects marked for advancement. She was finishing up Biology at the high school currently, so she was automatically placed in the Chemistry class for her Freshman year. She was also placed in Honors English! Em picked out what classes she wanted for her first year. She chose to take Drawing 1, French and Algebra. All students are required to take Theology all 4 years, so there was no discussion on that one. She had already asked if she could take the required computer concepts class over the summer school session and that could be changed when she completed the course. We took the selection sheet to the registrar and completed her Freshman year selection process.
It was now official…Em was officially a Spartan! We went out to breakfast to celebrate.
March 6, 2017
Back at the infusion center for Den’s daily IV therapy. The nurse also sent Den’s blood work off to the lab. His INR was 1.9 and his CRP was 3.5. CRP is C-Reactive Protein. C-reactive protein (CRP) is produced by the liver. The level of CRP rises when there is inflammation throughout the body. It is one of a group of proteins called acute phase reactants that go up in response to inflammation. The levels of acute phase reactants increase in response to certain inflammatory proteins called cytokines. These proteins are produced by white blood cells during inflammation (from Medline Plus website). This test tells us how bad the infection is that Den is fighting. As the number goes down the lower the infection. We are also watching his WBC (white blood cell count). These two tests together give us the big picture on the progress of his infection.
March 7, 2017
Den had his IV therapy this morning, as usual. We have fallen back into the daily routine of the infusion center.
I called Deb at the EP clinic with Den’s INR from yesterday. She said everything looked good for Den’s pacemaker change out and we should be hearing from someone in scheduling very soon. I told her that Den had the PICC line still and she said it should not be a problem.
March 8, 2017
Not much happened today, expect Den’s standing appointment for his IV therapy.
March 9, 2017
We went to Den’s IV therapy session this morning. Later in the afternoon, we sent to see Dr. A (I can’t pronounce, much less remember how to spell his name). Den got cortisone injections in both knees. Dr. A told us that Den could get the injections every 3 months if needed.