The main issue is Andrew is retaining a lot of water and that is causing difficulties with his breathing. There is a lot of liquid in his system being released by the blood system and not in the kidneys where it can be filtered out. So the Kidney levels are increased and is a concern. The bigger issue is a condition called Hepatic veno-occlusive disease or veno-occlusive disease (VOD). It is a condition in which some of the small veins in the liver are obstructed. It is acomplication of high-dose chemotherapy given before a bone marrow transplant (BMT) and is marked by weight gain due to fluid retention, increased liver size, and raised levels of bilirubin in the blood. VOD is can be fatal if not treated properly.
Andrew does have a degree of it and we are hoping the diuretics help in releasing water. If the diuretics don't help, Andrew will have dialysis to get rid of the excess liquid. If that doesn't work, we have an experimental drug that is approved in Europe which Andrew has been approved to get. The next 24 to 36 hours will be crucial in his recovery.
Andrew is on an assisted breathing machine called b-pap. Andrew is having anxiety with this contraption on his face.
***I just news the diuretic is working and he is peeing good amount of urine. So for know they will hold off on the dialysis.
On a good note, Andrew seems to be out of his semi-delirious state. He is the most lucid he has been. But the draw back is that he knows clearly what is going on, causing anxiety.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING:
-Pray for Andrew's comfort mentally and physically. Andrew was super anxious knowing he was going to the ICU. Pray that Andrew would get use to the breathing machine. He is having a hard time getting use to it and it too has provoked anxiety.
-Pray the build up of fluid would be released out of the body by the diuretics. If not the diuretics the dialysis.
-Pray for the VOD would get better immediately. Pray Andrew's liver will be free of clots and blockage. Pray for the bilirubin levels would go down to normal.
-Please pray for mental and physical strength for Jennifer and myself. Please pray for the Emily and Bry as well. I can see some signs it is effecting them.
Thank you to all that have been praying from all over the world. Thank you Lisa and Sean Daley in their time of grief and mourning, they have reached out to me and Jenn! God bless you all!