When Brandon called his oncology surgeon to ask if the PET scan date could be moved up, they said they wanted to see him in the office so they could do his vitals and have a look at him since he’s lost so much weight in a short period of time. Some of his numbers weren’t as bad as they’d expected, but his hemoglobin was very low, at the transfusion threshold. His kidney numbers had also bumped back up in the wrong direction. The kidney numbers could be due to dehydration, but they were concerned enough about the hemoglobin, along with his not feeling well overall, that they admitted him directly to the hospital. They started him on a unit of blood last night, and they plan to insert a PICC line and start him on a nutrition that way. They are also going to do some GI scoping and go ahead with the PET scan as an inpatient. We’re pretty certain he will be in the hospital until at least Monday, probably longer. They sometimes continue nutrition through the PICC line as an outpatient, but they said that he’d most likely need a couple of weeks of that before he’d be strong enough for any type of surgery. What type of surgery will depend on the results of the PET scan. They are going to take care of the intestinal obstruction at the very least. So things are a little up in the air, but at least he isn’t just sitting around waiting while feeling miserable.
He’s in the new cancer building at KU Med. It’s called Cambridge Tower, and it’s just north of 39th Street from the main hospital. It’s the brand new building he has been in for his last two hospital stays, and there’s a new parking garage right across the street. He’s in room 7121 (7th floor), and would be happy to see friends if any of you want to stop in.
Please continue keeping him in your thoughts and prayers!