Saturday, May 03, 2008

Alfredo news

I went over to the hospital and visited Alfredo and spent some time with Antonia earlier this week and things were really not good...it looks like they're SLOWLY getting better, though.

Here's Iván's latest update:

Dear Friends,

My apologies for not writing earlier but every time I started writing something changed, something happened. It is almost impossible to keep up with everything that is happening.

The best way to describe the last few days is like a rollercoaster going up and down at 100 miles per hour. It has been 2 steps forward, one step behind.

By Sunday, things had improved compared to the situation we had on Friday. He was responding well to the dialysis and Alfredito's breathing was getting better.

But Tuesday it was really a bad day. All of a sudden the dialysis machine would not work and his lungs began to fill up with liquids again. By Tuesday afternoon he had to have a chest tube implanted in his right lung to drain it. About half of his right lung was collapsed. The dialysis machine was on and off and it would not work for more than a few hours at a time.

Wednesday and today were days to mostly make up for what happened Tuesday. As of 6 pm on Thursday May 1, his right lung is much better, much better. And they were able to bring down the breathing machine to 45%. Remember on Friday he was at 100%.

With regards to the dialysis, the team of doctors agreed that the current line was no longer reliable and that a new one should be placed. Right now I am waiting for the surgeon to take Alfredo to remove and replace the current line. We hope that the new one will be stable enough to sustain the pressure and speed that they want for the dialysis machine to be working at.

Looking at the bright side, ALFREDO IS MUCH BETTER than when he arrived Friday. He still has a long way to go but if we continue with 2 steps forward one one backwards, we are always moving in the right direction. And that, for me, is what matters the most.

I am hopeful that by next week, we can get done the biopsy of the kidneys to find out what happened and that Alfredo will be breathing on his own. It will be a challenge, but if anybody can do it is Alfredito.

Please continue to hold Alfredo in your thoughts and prayers. As additional information becomes available, I'll share it with you.

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