I just returned from "springing" Don from the hospital. He's tired but thrilled to be home, and actually feeling quite good.
His creatinine levels in the blood, which measure kidney function, have declined from 11 to 0.75, well within the safe range. His blood pressure has dropped dramatically, and his kidneys are functioning normally. He's on medication to shrink his prostate, and he still has a catheter in, but otherwise feels fine enough to start working in the shop again (though he promises to take it easy today).
Hard physical work is out for awhile, of course. He has a small catheter bag strapped to his leg for day use and a larger free bag for night use, and the nurse showed me how to transfer from one to the other. We'll make an appointment with the urologist next week to have the catheter removed, and see how he does from there.
We have neighbors coming over this afternoon to cut some firewood for us since we're very low on wood. Splitting isn't a problem -- the girls and I do that -- but chainsaw work is Don's territory, so the neighbors will cut some log rounds for us. We're grateful to have such wonderful and helpful neighbors.
And we're blessed beyond measure by all your lovely prayers and well-wishes during Don's unexpected hospitalization. Thank God for modern medicine. I have my darling husband home once more, nearly as hale and healthy as he was before this whole issue blew up.