((((((HUGS)))))) To All ~
Jon had his catheter changed today, and he began bleeding profusely. With his low hemoglobin, he can't afford to lose so much blood.
We irrigated his catheter with 200 cc of saline, but all he returned was a huge clot (looked like a piece of liver) and no water or urine. His bladder is hard, and now he's filled with gas as well. He was expressing extreme pain and discomfort.
I called his nurse, who thought it might be a bladder spasm, and she advised putting a warm wet wash cloth on his belly over his bladder. We did that for an hour, with no result. Nothing was coming out of his catheter.
She then suggested that we move him, turn him, and give him extra water via Gtube. We did that, waited, and finally a trickle of blood (thinned with water) began to flow into his foley bag. Not much, but at least something was moving.
An hour later, we tried irrigating with just 10 cc of water. No return. We wait.
We are keeping him off of his food, because his belly is distended, and we don't want him to vomit. We're just keeping him hydrated every hour with water.
It's 8:30 p.m. now, and we've been at this since 5:00 p.m. (when we irrigated him). Cath was inserted at noon. We are trying desperately to avoid going to the ER. We know that they will just irrigate him as we have, but since the irrigation caused him so much pain/discomfort, we are leery of putting more water into his bladder and not having it come out. The bladder can actually hold quite a bit of urine, and 200 cc's isn't that much in reality.
His nurse is reluctant to advise us to keep irrigating, as that's typically a doctor's call. But we do know that's what will happen in ER, because that's what happened the last time he bled like this. And the doc instructed us on how to irrigate, which we did for at least 4 days after that visit.
We are waiting and watching now. Jim has been up since 12:30 this morning, and he never got to bed today. The poor man is exhausted. Jon is exhausted. I'm a nervous wreck with worry.
Thankfully, Jon has calmed down and isn't expressing outright pain any longer. But he has to get that fluid out of his bladder or he'll be in big trouble.
Most everyone here is likely snuggled up in bed snoozing. But should anyone visit here this evening, we would greatly appreciate your prayers for Jon to start producing water and urine via his catheter and that the bleeding will cease. I'm calling on all of our Prayer Warriors tonight! Already sent an email out to friends. The more positive energy and powerful prayer flowing in Jon's direction, the greater the potential for the right resolution to his crisis. I truly believe this.
Thank you all for your prayers. I am truly grateful.
Love & Light,