Since the Zytiga/Prednisone can potentially make Jeff sick, while he’s in the hospital, they have suspended his cancer treatment. Currently, it’ll be at least Tuesday for discharge.
Once he resumes the medication however, his oncologist authorized taking the Zytiga at night and the Prednisone in the morning. We originally believed that the Zytiga caused him to be so profoundly tired on Friday.
While fatigue is one of the top side effects of Zytiga, they actually think Friday’s incident was caused by his low oxygen stats. Jeff is currently still on oxygen. Without it his levels consistently drop to 85-86, but on it he remains in the upper 90’s.
Jeff continues to have excessive fluid retention in his legs. Additionally they have found fluid in and around his lungs. The low oxygen and fluid retention may be related to his heart. Tomorrow they will be doing an ultrasound on his heart.
Jeff has been given Lasix (a diuretic) to help rid some of the fluid. Also, they will wrap his legs to help push the fluid up and out. Although he struggles with mobility, I have asked for a walker so he can get up and moving and do a lap or two in the hospital halls.
We still don’t have a lot of answers, but should start learning more tomorrow. Jeff is scheduled for more testing and is due to meet with doctors from; cardiology, pulmonology, radiation, neurology, and palliative care.
Our daughter Channing surprised Jeff by bringing their French Bulldog, Bella, to the hospital