Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Pre-Surgery ER Update
Clay had a rough weekend. On Saturday evening he complained of general pain in his right leg. On Sunday morning he awoke with strong, intermittent pain in his right arm and chest. He also has had a poor appetite with random vomiting spells. His Docs recommended getting him to the emergency room at Hopkins for immediate evaluation. The tests did not show any new bad news so the conclusion was that Clay is experiencing neuropathic pain as a result of the increasing pressure on his spinal cord. The plan was to have Clay on a regime of steroids to hopefully give some quick reduction in swelling while he awaits his surgery on Wednesday morning. (it is almost impossible to coordinate Clay’s complex care on an emergency basis during a long, holiday weekend. ) JD and Clay did an overnight at Hopkins, finally being released Monday evening at 6:30 pm. While Clay still feels rather crappy we have learned that even a couple less nights in the hospital and instead in his own room is of great therapeutic value.