Ray is in the hospital again. For the past four days he has been very fatigued and has been sleeping the better part of most days. His color is pale, it just doesn’t look right. He’s coughing much more than ever. It isn’t one of those hacking coughs, it is more like he doesn’t have the energy for a hacking cough and he tries to suppress it. Saturday, he couldn’t get a breath. That is the scariest thing I think he has been through. He literally gasps for air and can’t get it. It happened twice Saturday and Sunday, and this morning (Monday) it happened 3 times before noon.
At noon we called the oncologist, who told us to get to the ER. We quickly got in the car and drove the hour drive to Harper DMC. By 1:30, they had him in the CODE room. I was scared to death. It happened so quickly, they took his vitals, rushed him straight into code and wouldn’t let me in there. I was panicky and thought I was losing him. It was a nightmare.
About half and hour later, we were in a regular ER room. Thank God! He was still having trouble breathing and was hooked up to a monitor. His heart rate was on the high side, oxygen was great (he was getting it there), but his respiratory rate was pretty high. His blood work came back okay, a slightly elevated white count. He had a chest x-ray and a CAT scan. Both came back with some question marks. Something is going on. Blood cultures were ordered, he had an oxygen treatment and another breathing attack. Our oncologist decided to admit him to Karmanos, because he could have pneumonia. The cat scans showed some liquid in both lungs. Tomorrow, they might have to stick a needle in his lungs and pull out the fluid. He is on the strongest antibiotics there are, just in case. So I left the hospital tonight at 10:30 for the hour drive home, after getting him settled in his room and I trust he is in good hands tonight.
It is 1:00 a.m. and I just called Karmanos to check on him. She said he is resting well but they are keeping a close eye on him because his breathing is labored.
I’m going to bed. Please pray for a miracle for Raymond. I love him so.