My wife has been in the hospital for nearly five weeks now.
She came in with blood in the urine, nausea, vomiting, feeling horrible.
During our stay, her kidneys began to fail. Her urine output is back up some now, but there is a chance she may have lupus nephritis. The final biopsy report isn't back in yet, but from what our doctor's p.a. said while ago, a tissue sample shows it "quacks like a duck". We have a kidney specialist on her case as well.
Hers is not an easy case. It is very complex, and we were told she is the sickest patient on the floor now. We have both been crying in devastation for the past month, and that devastation only mounts higher.
She also has to take blood thinners, but they can't give her one yet due to her kidney bleeding from the biopsy site the other night, so she now also runs the risk of a clot until we know the other bleeding has stopped.
We are devastated due to her having to have dialysis. Her case is so complex I am also on the Healthboards Kidney forums.
The small ray of hope we have is that her urine output is up some. The p.a. said that is a good sign.
I don't know what will happen if she does have lupus nephritis, but the drug Cytoxin (SP?) has been mentioned. I would like to think and do pray she can be gotten better and could go off dialysis and feel good again before long. Only God knows, and it is Him we are relying on as our Great Physician in guiding the earthly ones as to what to do.
Has anyone else ever been through this? Ours is not a bright Christmas, but we are happy anyway... We do still have each other!
Thank you ...