Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Prayers Needed

Just when I was getting so good at writing "good news" posts... Darren was admitted to the hospital this morning with some strange symptoms. I'll keep this short for now, but will elaborate more tomorrow (once I know more).

Last night (Tuesday), Darren started getting some very severe pain in his hands/arms/shoulders/neck and spiked a temperature. We tried to get him comfortable with some of the strong post-surgery meds we had at home, but nothing was touching the pain he was having in his hands in particular. We went to the hospital first thing this morning and along with these issues, his white blood cell count was extremely high (meaning his body was fighting some sort of battle somewhere).

They have ruled out Neuro issues after doing an MRI this afternoon. And anything to do with the kidney rejecting or loosing function is low on the list of probabilities. That being said, they're scratching their heads as to what's going on and if the infection he has somewhere in his body has any connection to the pain and limited function in his hands.

They put him on some antibiotics and are trying to control the pain for now. Tomorrow we'll have more results back from some of the tests they've done, and we'll be meeting with ID (Infectious Disease) for additional work ups on the source of the infection...along with joint specialists to see if they can shed any light on what's happening in his hands/arms/shoulders.

He was finally somewhat comfortable this evening due to a very high dose of pain medication, so I'm hopeful he'll be able to get some rest (that goes for me too!). It's been a particularly stressful night/day because we haven't known what is wrong, and this is by far the worst pain I've ever seen Darren in (and I've seen the 8" scars on his belly and his creatinine hit the high teens).

Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers today. More soon....


  1. Praying for wisdom, discernment and pain relief. Love you guys!

  2. dang it. praying for you. much love

  3. Thinking of you and praying LOTS!