|Sunrise over the propane tank|
|Lookin' East. Note drifts.|
|A bit nippy.|
On the Davidic Front, he and Georgia went to ABQ for a transfusion and ended up staying for 10 days. David's hemoglobin got down to 2.8 g/dL which is WAY too low. His resting heart rate was 150 bpm. It was time to get something done and so the doctors decided to keep him in the hospital for a week, give him steroids, and monitor him. It took awhile for the steroids to kick in, but eventually they did and seemed to work. Prior to steroids, his hemoglobin was dropping about 2-2.5 g/dL per day. Afterward, the hemolysis slowed to about 0.5 a day. David and Mom are on their way home today and it's likely that they'll be back in ABQ at the end of this week, but we'll just see.
|Getting a Wii transfusion|
After release from the hospital, D and M needed to stay nearby for monitoring before they were allowed to go home. ABQ, though, was getting the storm we were getting, making travel nearly impossible. Ronald McDonald House to the rescue! In all our hospital stays, we've never had to use this, but it was a Godsend this time. D and M were able to stay right there close to the hospital for a very reasonable fee and in comfort. Thank you McDonald's!
|David and McFriend|
That's about it for now... we're thankful for the snow, for staying safe and warm thru the storm, for Ronald McDonald house, our friends, family, and everything else!