5/20/17 - 2:47 a.m.
Miles’ Law states that “where you stand depends on where you sit”… and this is true for me tonight. There is nothing like adversity in life to drastically alter one’s perspective. Changing emotional states in such a rapid turn of events takes a toll on a person. Hah! I can say with certainty that Bonnie took today’s events much better than her mother and me. Long story short, it looks like several issues the Doctors were keeping an eye on converged and overwhelmed Bonnie. The edema was nearly unbearable; her belly was distended – like I said she was miserable. But, the team did not seem too overly concerned when I left this morning. They were going to treat her in an effort to reduce excess fluid, lower her potassium, and increase low protein levels. Unbeknownst to me, this is a very difficult set of variables to address simultaneously. Couple this with the fact that she had developed a blockage in her small intestine that we were all unaware of and her body had enough. I swear when I left this morning I just knew today was going to be the day progress resumed. I was beyond shocked when I got the call, and even more so when I saw the team from the step-down unit and they explained what had occurred.
A nephrologist came by earlier and discussed Bonnie’s kidney function. He explained the kidney’s as the “baby” of the organs… if the going gets tough, they are usually the first to quit (his words). He went on to explain that just because they slow down or stop working as efficiently as they should, they are not necessarily done for. Given the right amount of intervention, IV’s, time, or even dialysis, they will usually get back to working. He did not recommend dialysis tonight. In the morning the team will go over all of the data generated overnight and develop a plan. It seems there are so many moving parts to all of this and I know I am leaving a good deal out – but without a definitive reason for this setback other than a long set of worrisome issues it is difficult to explain. She is resting peacefully. After the day that she has had, that is a victory I will take. Thank you all for the encouraging words and prayers you gave today. This is truly an incredible group of people – I am overwhelmed by the support and love you all continue to provide. Too be so far from home and familiarity, it is a comfort to know we have this group with us.
I don’t know what I did to deserve such a strong, courageous, beautiful, and kind woman. But I am thankful for her. I owe her so much – and it so difficult to watch her struggle – Thank you all again and please have a great weekend,
PS - today marks the 16th anniversary that Bonnie Griner and I "officially" met - but that is a story for another time.
Update 5:53 AM - potassium levels dropped pretty significantly overnight, waiting on docs to come in and evaluate.