- Susan is undergoing an MRI as I write-- this is a precautionary test at this point, not an indication of a serious condition about which more diagnostic information is needed; of course we'll let you know if anything concerning turns up
- The tests for certain viruses that were potentially serious problems have finally come back and they are negative
- Susan does have BK virus, however, but the team is not alarmed, as it should be manageable
- The ascites continues, but as the VOD improves (and bilirubin is lower today, suggesting that is what's happening) the ascites should resolve; diuretics, which can be useful in treating ascites, are problematic, given Susan's challenges in taking in enough fluids; if the ascites becomes too much of a problem, there is the option to remove the fluid buildup via paracentesis, but better not to be sticking needles into Susan unless really necessary
- She has eaten better today; she took a longer walk; and she is off the IV line -- all good -- but she'll really need constant encouragement to consume enough food and liquids
Believe it or not, there's a chance Susan might be released from the hospital tomorrow, which suggests that, despite the remaining issues, she is making enough progress now not to be dependent on a hospital setting. Maybe there'll be an opportunity for some redecorating in Susan's near term future? Let's hope so.