Sunday, March 4, 2012

And the winner is...

Pradaxa (the pills)!

Dr. Thurmes told us that Lucy will be going on Pradaxa twice per day for her clotting problems. He wanted something with a shorter half-life in case she starts getting the serious nosebleeds again. Pradaxa has been approved for DVT therapy in cancer patients in Europe. FDA approval is pending, but it can be legally prescribed for Lucy's situation.

Lucy's hemoglobin was at 7.2 and she received a one unit transfusion. Her IVs are disconnected. She had two long walks today while still tethered to the IV tree. Her longest walk came after untethering.

As of right now, the only thing that would keep her in the hospital is a fever spike higher than 101.5° tonight. Her pain management is fine. She started her oral antibiotic. That will be twice per day for a week starting tomorrow. The pills are very large uncoated capsules, so we will split them so she has an easier time swallowing them.

Lucy heard from Steve, Julie and Suzy today so she got to tell them about her imminent release. The nice thing is the pace here has slowed down.

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