OMG, JoAnn! I cannot believe the ordeal you guys have been through in such a short time! Good gracious! As for the bruising/discoloring: Is he on Coumadin or another blood thinner? This is the first thing that came to mind as I just went off of Lovenox injections several days ago after being on them since my hip surgery Aug. 12th. The tiniest bump against something would turn my leg purple in a large area. Blood draws gave me huge bruises on my arms. I don't know if low magnesium would have that effect or what would cause the low magnesium. Maybe Shelly knows.
Tell Jerry to be careful or you will take away his food supply!
I hope you can get some sleep soon! I'm sure you are beyond exhausted.
JoAnn, I didn't recognize your e-mail addy (been away too long!) and am leery of opening attachments from those I don't know...so I deleted them all. I had opened my mail prior to coming here. I'm sorry! But I will take your word for how bad it is!!
P.S. I was able to retrieve the e-mails and open the attachments. Jerry's arm looks more red than purple...like the blood is pooling. I had this on both my lower legs at one time and was told that the blood was pooling down there and not making its way back up. This was a matter of not being mobile after surgery and having poor circulation. This time around, I don't even have any swelling. I had some immediately after surgery, but with PT it went away. I assume the doctors know about this swelling and bruising of Jerry's arm. I see the elbow is quite swollen.
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To tell the truth I have had 12 hrs of sleep that last two night YEA Ofcourse they were not uninterupted. But I'll still take them. The appt with the orthopedic surgeon went really good. Luckly he had worked with liver transplants at one time so he was knowledgable in that. The nurses in his office could not beleive Jerry's arm. They had NEVER seen one like that. The problem is his blood clotting facter. Still not where it should be. He's a mess. The pain from the fracture is much worse then the liver transplant. The Dr. said it will take a while to heal but he doesn't think Jerry will need surgery Yea. Of course I'm still married to the Prednisone man. If I don't keep enough groceries in the house he freaks. Today I had to go to SAMS CLUB and buy in bulk!!! His swelling is much better mainly because he is taking high does of Bumex. That concerns me some because of his kidney function. Can anyone tell me what I should be looking for in his blood work. I don't know which numbers are liver function. He definitely has not lost his sense of humor. He told me this morning he thinks he got a womans liver. I asked him why. He said because his is really *****y!!! I knew I shouldn't have asked him WHY!! I'm enjoying every minute. We can now have good conversations. I love it. I think I have him back. It feels so good even if he is a human garbage can!!!!!! I will keep you all posted.
Tell him it can't be a woman's liver 'cause women don't eat like that! LOL! Despite the assorted problems, I know it must feel good to have your man back.
As far as kidney function, poor function will show up as elevated creatinine and low BUN (blood urea-nitrogen.) There will also be scant urine and perhaps it will be dark or concentrated. If he is not on fluid restriction, make sure he is drinking enough fluids. He can also get fluids through fruit. If he is on diuretics, make sure his potassium doesn't get too low.
Penney Well it hadn't even been an hour when I read your last post and Jerry hit his arm on the banister. The skin just peeled back. IT looks horrible. So besides wrapping his legs because the blisters are back and leaking fluid I have to wrap his arm also. The other arm is still in a sling from the fractured shoulder. We went back to Vanderbilt yesterday. His BUN is 55 which really scares me. Creatinine is 1.7 which isn't good. They have changed from Bumex to a Lasix and I've upped his water. Poor guy. He looks like a mummy! But, by golly his liver is working good. They have lowered his prednisone so he is only eating about 20 hrs a day instead of 24. He's really getting skinny! After we saw the surgeon we saw the Orthopedic Dr. Its seems that he has more then one fracture!! More showed up on the MRI. His arm is healing good. Its not as black and blue. And he is starting to move it a little more. When he moves it in his sleep he yells. Its horrible. But that liver is working good so we are thankful. I hope you and Harvey get to go on a cruise. That sounds wonderful. If you get close to Knoxville while on your camping trip get in touch and we will compare liver stories. Take Care