He's doing better. He's out of ICU. He got two bags of blood yesterday and 3 bags of plasma.
It ended up (at least what the Dr. is saying) that it was the diuretic that he's on, triam, was what caused the final super fast loss of sodium.
He got put on the sulfazine pills (versus sulfasalazine which has smaller pills size wise but the same mg amount) and started having a hard time swallowing them because he was taking 16 a day and they were big suckers. He was started on remicade and that helped him be able to cut the pills down to 8 a day but he started gagging on them which led to him throwing up (almost) everytime he took them. That made him nauseous which stopped him from eating along with the sore throat from throwing up so much. All that made him vitamin and everything deficient which caused him to retain water.
The doctor prescribed a diuretic for the water retention which made him pee all the time and lose all his sodium and ultimately landed him in the hospital.
The good news is he's enjoying his stay (library cart and free newspapers ) and is rethinking about surgery since the hospital isn't that scary of a place now.
Post Edited (UC Wife in MD) : 11/26/2007 7:33:22 AM (GMT-7)