After one night at home, Andrew was readmitted last night for severe abdominal pain. Yep, the same abdominal pain that has hampered Andrew the past three years. The blood work showed no pancreatitis, so the pain was not from it. For those that don't know, Andrew had a severe allergic reaction to a chemo drug called peg-asparagenes, during his first stay for chemo back in 2009, in which manifested in a horrible case of pancreatitis. He stayed in the hospital for two weeks on around the clock pain meds for severe abdominal pain and did not eat during that time. Aside from the pancreatitis, which he has been hospitalized too many times to count, Andrew has been admitted for this type of abdominal pain without finding the root cause. He has had every diagnostic there is out there which has not conclusively diagnosed the cause of the pain. He is currently resting and getting around the clock pain meds. The doctor suspect the pain may be from some g.i. issues that the ara-c may be causing. He is really tired, sleeping most of the time, because of i.v. benedryl he is getting because the particular pain med he is getting causes major itching. We have no idea how long he will be here for. The caveat is he must be off i.v. pain meds and go home with oral meds to control the pain to get back home. For those that don't know, during and after chemotherapy, blood counts continue to go down before they recover resulting in getting blood transfusions from low hemoglobin level, platelets, and the big one: neutropenic caused fevers. It's a given Andrew will be getting fevers and thus will be admitted for those fevers.
|That's me "hitting the wall"!|
On a lighter note, the Korean American Student Association at University of Illinois and Thaakat Foundation organized a bone marrow drive almost last minute at the annual KASA basketball tournament and registered 150 people for the bone marrow registry! Special thanks to Stephanie Kim of KASA, Hajera and Umara of the Thaakat Foundation, Liz Oh and all the volunteers who helped make this event such a huge success. The gang down at U of I are planning some real big drives in the next month. I never thought I would say this as a Purdue man....Go Illini!
Here is a list of bone marrow drives coming up:
Sunday, March 4, 2012