Talked to docs in charge of a few different organs tonight and this is what I took from the conversations:
The main concern right now is the kidneys. The kidney doc said that Joey’s kidneys might not be working due to either and/or both the immunosuppressant medication (which he needs to keep his new lungs), or an infection. This experience has been pretty hard on his body, so the kidneys are basically in shock. The nephrologist said that he’s seen it take anywhere from 2 days to 2 months for people’s kidneys to recover.
The ICU doc said that the cultures taken from inside Joey’s lungs have grown yeast (which everybody has in their bodies) and a fungus, which has yet to be cultured. No word yet on if it is good yeast, bad yeast, or just regular old yeast. The cultures take a while to come back. Positive news: after speaking with the lung docs, they told me that this fungus is not necessarily an infection, it could just be a colonization (not 100% sure what that means, but they assured me this was a good thing). Also, Joey’s white blood cell count is down today (indicates that if there was an infection it is getting better). His X-rays have been getting progressively clearer over the last couple of days.
Overall, the doctors are thinking things are going well. Right now, their main concern is the kidneys; that’s why he’s on dialysis (which we have been told will take at least 3-4 days before we notice any difference).
So there you have it. Hopefully you’re all not as confused as I was, but overall things sound positive.
All right. Good night.