Thanks so much to everyone who prayed for my dad Bill. The day actually got off to a really good start as the parascentesis was deemed unnecessary because his ascites had gone away through the low potency water pills. This was great news since it meant dad didn't have to endure the pain of having a large needle placed in his abdomen to drain fluids. Next was the blood transfusion which went very smoothly also and the nurses were so super nice. Finally, came the biggie in the day which was the ERCP. We've been fortunate to have one of the most expert practitioners perform the procedure. This was supposed to be on an outpatient basis, but for some reason, dad's bili level skyrocketed after and he was admitted overnight. He has not eaten/drank for about 36 hours and is being monitored with no estimate of discharge. Now they are talking about maybe having to do another ERCP immediately if his liver functions don't show improvement. Again, the roller coaster of this disease. It seems like it's always a couple small steps forward followed by a huge jump back. It's difficult for me and obviously infinitely more difficult for my dad, but right now it really breaks my heart to watch my mom. I worry that the emotional and physical toll of the last 22 months is really starting to reach a head. and now we're looking at the prospects of another procedure which likely means several days of recovery in the hospital, with mom in a folding cot by dad's side.
..."roller coaster" doesn't even do this disease justice. The doctor just came in and said that the ERCP specialist believes the bili spike is likely not something to worry about and is probably a result of normal debris/inflammation/clotting post-ERCP. In other words, if dad can tolerate liquids for the next few hours and doesn't experience fever, significant pain or vomiting then he will be discharged this afternoon.
God works in mysterious ways. Just as I was about to hit "submit" to ask for another prayer the news got better.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you Jeff and Carol and Kris and Mary Anne and Fran and Marions and Eric and MissingU