Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Good news, at a bad time...........

M-Spike is Zero!! That good news could not have arrived at a better time. Even though my honey was still spiking a fever, and felt terrible, it did bring a smile to his face.....and tears to his eyes.

It has been almost two weeks (tomorrow), and we're still taking up space in a hospital room. We've changed floors, and daughters, and are still fighting the Pneumonia and Staph infection.......and we're glad the MM decided to take a break!

On Saturday, he was moved from the Telemetry Floor to Regency Hospital (a hospital within a hospital). Regency is the Long Term Acute Care, on the 5th floor of FGH, where he can continue to receive antibiotics, breathing treatments, and physical therapy, and get well enough to "eventually" go home. (So far, he isn't to the point of having that discussion.)

He still has pneumonia in the lower lobe of his right lung, but his breathing is much better, and the Staph infection is still prevalent. The Infectious Disease group is collecting blood and growing cultures, and believe that the Infusa Port is the source of the Staph Infection. If that turns out to be correct, there will be surgery in his future....to remove the port, and try to clear up the infection. In my opinion (and you know how much that is worth) that has to be the source.....otherwise, with all the antibiotics in his body......surely it would be cleared up.

And, because his stomach is so sensitive (and he's had so many antibiotics), I'm wondering when the C-Diff (caused by antibiotics) is going to show up!! (Not that I'm a pessimist.....I just know this man, and his stomach!) And, once one has had C-Diff, it usually recurs.

We've had such a week! I ended up in the ER on two separate nights, in horrible pain. And....wouldn't you know  one of the ER docs was one my honey had (before pain control). One of those that thought we were in for drugs......which we were!! So now, "the old lady" is back, in pain....."my, my". As it turned out, my pain was an abscessed tooth that took on a life of its own. And, my face looked (and felt) like I didn't win the fight. Almost one week later, I still have a "puffy" face, my lips are numb and tingling, and my mouth is sore.....and I'm minus two teeth and one permanent bridge (yep, the teeth were anchoring the bridge).  I had really hated that bridge......but I just didn't realize that God was going to put me thru such misery so I could get rid of it! So, in this instance.....I didn't "blame" God......I thanked Him!!

On Sunday, we had a changing of the guard around here. Youngest daughter, Robbie, had to return to TX and her little family, and work. Our eldest daughter, Gale, was glad to escape the colder weather of PA and come to our aid. And, since she's still recovering from her own illness and accident, the timing was perfect. I don't know what I'd do without these two and their helping hands. We've all learned that when one is tired enough, a hospital "bed chair" sleeps pretty well. Thankfully, my honey is well enough to be left alone these past few nights.

MM is usually the underlying cause of many of our problems. We're so happy it didn't join this fray and cause additional problems.  It was nice to have good news.......some sunshine behind those dark clouds.

6 comments:

  1. OH man, have you guys been going through it! I don't know why that is, "rain it pours" scenario, but it often is!

    Hugs to you all and looking for brighter days ahead.

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  2. OH, SARAH - BOTH YOU AND BOB HAVE HAD SUCH A TIME OF IT! YOU MUST FEEL LIKE YOU'VE BEEN WRUNG THROUGH THE WRINGER! BUT AS YOU FACE ONE THING AFTER THE OTHER, I PICTURE YOU WITH JUST A HINT OF A TRIUMPHANT LITTLE GRIN, AS YOU THINK TO YOURSELF, "M-SPIKE - ZERO!" THANK GOODNESS THE GIRLS HAVE BEEN WITH YOU, AND I KNOW THAT MUST HAVE BEEN A BIG COMFORT TO BOB AS WELL, KNOWING THEY WERE ABLE TO HELP YOU OUT. WISHING YOU BOTH ALL GOOD THINGS TO COME, AND SENDING WARM HUGS. KAREN

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  3. Oh Sarah! What a lot to go through! Hugs from afar to both of you!

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  4. Thanks, ladies......at least it wasn't the cancer!!

    He's better everyday (and so am I).

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  5. Wow, a ray of sunshine amidst all those clouds.
    How wonderful. Hope this gives hubby the "shot in the arm" he needs to kick these pesky illnesses and get on home. Glad you can ease the worrying a bit now and take a little care of yourself too.
    Denise

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  6. Denise: I'm counting on your "inspiration" (cleaning up "stuff") to give me "inspiration" to do the same thing!!

    Can't wait to get home!!

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