Well another day at U of M! The fever did decrease somewhat this morning but now seems to be increasing again. He is going for a bronchoscopy anytime - they were supposed to get him at 10am and it is now 11:10. They will take a sample of the mucus in his lungs to see what kind of fungus grows. After the procedure he will be put on a wide range antifungal medication to start killing the fungus. It can take several days to figure out exactly which medication is best so we are looking for the initial medication to help. The infectious disease experts came by but not really sure if they will recommend anything different.
I'm not sure if we have mentioned low calcium levels. He is taking calcium via IV and a few different types of calcium pills. The pills are so large I break them into quarters to be swallowed. Tests indicate that the low calcium levels are not due to kidney issues or parathyroid glands. They are probably from the chemo treatment. The symptoms of low calcium are muscle twitches and bone/joint pain. Gary's levels seem to fluctuate and he can tell when it gets low.
Gary's ANC increased to .3 today. Neutrophils fight infection and they weren't able to calculate them the last few days- we are happy to see an increase.