We were cruising right along, then we hit a bump in the road. The drug they used for the chemo during surgery has affected Brandon’s kidney function. His surgeon asked a nephrologist to join his care team, and that doctor agreed with the surgeon that increasing his fluids and keeping a close eye on it for the next few days would be the best plan for now.
For the good news of the day, we’re happy to say that Brandon passed gas! While usually not something to celebrate, in this case it means that he has graduated on to clear liquids by mouth. As his organs continue to “wake up” from the surgery, food could soon follow. This is the first day we’ve heard Brandon even hint at wanting to eat again. He also walked 13 continuous laps around his floor this evening. 13 laps = 1/2 mile! And he was walking at a pretty good pace!
We had a couple of conversations today where Brandon almost seemed like himself. But those moments were short-lived, and he’s still very tired and overwhelmed by this whole experience. Thoughts, prayers and love are very much needed this week as we wait for the pathology results and for the kidney function to return to a good level.