Oh dear! Yet another thing to add to my dad’s list of medical problems. Yes, there is a compression fracture in the T6 vertebrae and possibly another in the lumbar series. Yesterday he had an early morning visit with his oncologist that both Kim & I attended. Blood pressure 120/60, temp: 98.1, weight: 154lb, white blood cells: good, platelets: good, hemoglobin: 9.3. Pneumonia seems to be getting slowly better after a week on heavy antibiotics. Possibly next week he’ll start chemo again.
For now, we’ll be focusing on trying to increase his weight, fluid intake and pain management.
I think I’ll have to go back through my own blog postings to find out if he’s had a fracture in T6 before. Back in 2010 he fractured 7 vertebrae and went through 3 kyphoplasty (was it that many???) surgeries to fix the breaks. Things have certainly become a blur in my brain. We will just have to wait and see where this leads…
It’s a chilly morning on the deck as I write this. Sunshine is slowly coming my direction (I’ve been out here since 5:45 with my morning cup of caffeine). I’m looking forward to happy hour with friends tonight and getting to see an old buddy on Sunday for dinner. Monday I meet up with my cousin Mary at the coast house to get her settled in for a week or more. We’re glad she is taking the opportunity to use it since none of us are out there. My time comes at the end of the month during a printmaking workshop at Sitka.
Enjoy the day and have a great weekend!