This is an update on my current hospital stay. In fairness to myself, I really feel around a 2.25, but it is a hard to self-evaluate because my lack of activity lends me to believe I feel better than I do, so I backed it off the 2.5 I had originally thought. But compared to last week when I checked in here, I no longer feel like death sucking on a life saver. I checked into this place a week ago today, a lot of forward progress has been avoided, but the doctors are giving it their best effort. The particular strain of pneumonia I have is quite resistant to normal drug protocols. So as far as trapping, identifying, and finding the right combination of drugs to fight it has not been successful so far.
It was decided early that I needed a pic line to achieve the full impact and quantity of the drugs I was to be given, and to manage the drawing of blood which is needed. I am an extremely difficult stick, and this trip to the hospital has affirmed that. I have needed daily blood draws, to make this happen I have had 3 different IV lines, 1 mid line, and finally the pic line. The IV lines are not used for drawing blood, so each time blood has been required a new stick has been made. Thru this 1st week I have been stuck 22 times to successfully draw blood 6 times, and I have 22 very black bruises certifying that I am an extremely good pin cushion. LOL LOL.
Now that the pic line is in I must have my INR elevated above 2.0 for the doctors to be happy. They had to drive it below 2.0 to install the pic line. I will not be allowed to be discharged from the hospital until the INR is an acceptable number. Having said this I have been advised that it will be at least 2 more days here before they will entertain me carrying on the treatments at home.
Finally the cough has become quite productive. That crap I am coughing is the vile ugly nasty green/yellow shit. It looks terrible, it is terrible, but it is necessary, and it is a good thing that I am finally coughing it out.
Mentally I am still doing well, I realize I am sick, I realize that the treatments are necessary, and I am okay with having the process continue at the hospital. The one saving grace to the recovery process starting here is that I don’t have a place or need to putter, so I am resting more, and resting is the key. Another thing on the medical front that is being consider is a bronchoscopy, that is a last resort effort. I have done some research, and right now I am glad it is a way back burner consideration.
If my writing is disjointed I do apologize, to my minds’ eye I am quite lucent. But from yours, maybe not so LOL.
Well folks I hope you have a pleasant day, thank you for your good thoughts, and as always your comments welcomed are encouraged – take care, Bill