*does a dance of joy*
The doctors have changed Richard’s meds, adding a couple for the gout, and sent him home. He will have an appointment at the rheumatology clinic next week. And one with a primary care doctor a week or two after that. He is going to be a “project” for the rheumatologist who saw him today. I think that “project” is doctor speak for “Guinea pig”. 8) The doctor said he wants to x-ray both of Richard’s hands and both of his feet and run some tests on him.
They said that part of the reason for the blood test results yesterday could have been dehydration from sitting in the waiting room for over 8 hours yesterday. They ran more tests today and kept him on an IV from when he was admitted last night until about 4:30 this afternoon. They also aspirated his swollen knuckle. That was painful. They took a tiny little needle and stuck it into his knuckle and then twisted it around to get it into the joint and withdrew some fluid. They had planned to follow that up with an injection of medication right into the joint, but after seeing the pain he was in from the aspiration, they decided to go with oral meds.
Their plan is to get the gout under control and get him on a continuing med to keep him from having more flare ups. And to monitor him to make sure his heart meds aren’t causing any more problems.
Many thanks to all who sent hugs, good thoughts and prayers.