It looks like the steroids are kicking in! Yesterday's drainage amount was 72 cc! (cc is same as ml) Considering Thursday's number was 294 cc and Friday was 169 cc, 72 cc is a GREAT number!
On Saturday I kept stripping the tube ("milking" it) because I was convinced there was a blockage in the tube, but no, it's just draining a lot less! The steroids seem to be taking effect.
As far as the side effects, prednisone can cause insomnia, a ravenous appetite, hyperactivity or irritability, and if it's taken for longer than a week it must be weaned off slowly as the body can become very dependent on it. So far Tyson is not having difficulty sleeping but he is acting quite crazy lately! I'm not sure if it's the steroids, or all the colourful candy he's been eating this holiday season :) He is also eating a lot more at mealtimes than normal, which is kinda nice to see.
I'm pretty sure that before the JP can be pulled out, we'd need to see numbers of less than 20 cc per day. We're not there yet but we're getting closer, and if the numbers continue to decrease every day, it might be possible to have the tube pulled on Thursday at our next clinic appointment. That's what we keep praying for. And that would also prevent another hospital stay, which we don't really want either. It's been so nice to be home for the holidays, it would be great to just stay here!
Thanks for checking in, and please keep praying that we can actually stay home for good.