My dad was taken to ICU last night. His blood pressure was dropping rapidly yesterday and they thought maybe he was “septic”. I stayed until midnight last night when they told us he was stable (that was with a 75/43 blood pressure). But this morning it’s still not under control. They’ve been giving him blood to increase the volume (thus increase the pressure) and now he’s on meds that are supposed to help. However, they can only give him up to the max dose before that won’t help anymore. He’s halfway to that max dose and so far his body hasn’t kicked in to start regulating it today. If it doesn’t and they reach the max then they won’t be able to stop it from dropping completely. He would die. They said his condition is tenuous. Not sure exactly what that means to them.
David is picking the girls up from school today and then bringing them to the hospital to see him. He had wanted them to come at 11pm last night, but we decided to wait. I’ll stay home with Sam since he can’t be in the ICU, and then I’ll go back again tonight. My mom stayed with him all night. She said that he’s in good spirits, but also convinced he won’t live past tonight. He looks awful, like a typical chemo patient I guess. His stomach is greatly distended which can also mean the cancer has spread to the abdomen or may be part of that “septic” thing they were talking about. Mom forgot to ask the Dr. about that when he came in at 5am. She’ll ask the oncology Dr. when they hopefully visit this morning too. They just did a chest extra since he also has pneumonia (which alone is not good) and they’re doing blood work. He had just finished up an intense round of chemo (he has terrible mouth sores from that) and yesterday his body rejected a platelet transfusion he had (just one of many). Please keep him in your prayers today. It could be a pivotal day for him.