The hospitalization continues, it has been a continuing struggle to feel better, but each day I feel marginally better than the day before. Using my tried and true measuring from months of weekly reports, I am running at 2.25 at best. During the day I have my ups and downs, where I function and feel better than other times. The best part of the day is between 6 and 10 pm, the worst between noon and 4, though the period between 4am and 530 is a PIA.
Since the last report it has been hectic at best. Pneumonia has been discovered in my right lung, with a secondary infection there as well. In addition to the infection, there had been some collapsure in the left lung which also raised the concern level. But that collapsure has been resolved. The doctors continue to fight the infections, and the menu of medicines seems to be a constant changing venue. Unlike the hospital menu which is never-changing. Thank God my wife has been bringing in care packages from some of our favorite places. My white blood count has been making progress moving from 19000 to 140000, but there were also a couple of spikes. My INR level is almost back to the needed level. They do check it daily and for the past 4 days it has been almost therapeutic (between 2 and 3), but does dip from time to time below 2. Changing the direction completely, I also look quite fetching in my white compression stocks, I never realized just how white my legs were LOL LOL, trust me it isn’t a pretty picture.
During the course of writing these weekly updates I don’t focalize on the fact I have COPD, it is the constant underlining cause. But those of you which have followed this for a while realize this and take the update as an update. The recent bouts of pneumonia I suffer have been quite aggressive, and because I have had pneumonia several times over the last 4 years it is clear that the COPD is having more and more in the say in my health and recovery. My body has built up a resistance to the normal medical procedures for combating pneumonia, and the doctors are forced to be more creative in their fight. My internist, here at the hospital, is quite positive, and coupled with the other specialist (pulmonary and infectious disease); are tweaking the combination of drugs for the most positive result. So for a few more days, and a few more tests, then maybe home I go.
Oh I really need to say I miss my HD 42 inch television. Lord have mercy do I miss it.
The game plan is to get me stable and to a position where I can go home for continued treatment (anticipated at home treatment 2 or 3 weeks). The treatment will include hours of IV treatments via the installed pic line. I have done this in the past and this will not be an issue.
When I last reported my status, I stated that the coughing was finally working, well folks, it continues to work well. I have managed to be very productive in the coughing. That’s good and bad. Bad in that I cough so hard that I have hurt my chest, and good in that I am actually am coughing this shit out.
For the record I would like to say that I am 95 percent completely satisfied with the treatment of the nurses and their support, the doctors and their communications, and all the folks that have done their level best to make this stay as comfortable as possible. But LMFAO I have a whole separate rant about that other 5 percent.
Hopefully my writing this week is more readable, and understandable than last week, if it is, it’s another sign of my continued improvement, if not, then the conversations with the doctors will have further evidence that I am still working it.
Well folks I hope you have a pleasant day, thank you for your continued good thoughts and kind words of encouragement. As always your comments welcomed are encouraged – take care, Bill