It smells like progress…

So Lennon appears to be more awake these days :o) He is attempting to speak his wants and needs “Mommy lay in the bed with me” or “I am thirsty”. I think this is a YAY moment. On other hand, the fluid that was on the right is now on the left, and it is Ascites. So some information below that we have heard and dealt with.


Definition

Ascites is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the abdomen.

Description

Rapidly developing (acute) ascites can occur as a complication of trauma, perforated ulcer, appendicitis, or inflammation of the colon or other tube-shaped organ (diverticulitis). This condition can also develop when intestinal fluids, bile, pancreatic juices, or bacteria invade or inflame the smooth, transparent membrane that lines the inside of the abdomen (peritoneum). However, ascites is more often associated with liver disease and other long-lasting (chronic) conditions.

Renal ascites develops when blood levels of albumin dip below normal. Albumin is the major proteinin blood plasma. It functions to keep fluid inside the blood vessels.


Lennon had a CT Scan yesterday with contrast of his abdomen and chest, and he will have another one related to the JP (draining) tube in his belly. The attempt is to figure out what is going on, and how can they fix it. Why all this fluid. My assumption is that he has just been too immobile, and that he has got to get movin’. He is having withdrawals from nacrotics and that is probably why he is vomiting and shaking terribly. But again that is why they are doing all the scans because he started to vomit the last time they found the pocket of fluid. So no assuming of why he is vomiting. They are trying to get him of the methadone slowly. But boy what a cranky little man, he does not want to be messed with anymore :o)

Well, that is all I have for the moment

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