On my own devised scale I feel about 2. No real pain to speak of, no real fever, no poops, but with a cough that all but rips your chest out and no energy. Yes I am back in the hospital.
Folks how are you today? As for myself I as I said above I am once again back in the hospital. The pneumonia and Pseudomonas which reside in my lungs (primarily the left) have decided they were tired of being ignored and wanted their special place at the head of the table. Truly, these two house guess’s I could do without. I really thought I had gotten a good head start having seen the doctor in a very timely manner to head off a trip to the hospital, but I was wrong. I was brought kicking and screaming (just kidding) to the hospital yesterday and admitted immediately. But of course immediately means something entirely different to a hospital, I was in the ER room for close to 7 hours before space was found. But now I am sharing a room with a gentleman a bit sicker than I. Bless his heart. For those that don’t know me or haven’t followed me, I have COPD. It is a terminal disease, and in time it will kill me.
Last week I picked up a cough that was a little stronger than normal. I found that in the course of the overnight I would wake up to cough, and this early am coughing was very productive, quite offensive looking, sharp yellow/green in color, and as thick and sticky as grade school paste. Yuk Yuk!!!!
This is only day two of my hospitalization, but I am further along towards recovery. My interest and ability to read are high, I am writing this and hopefully it makes sense to the readers.
I just had my vitals taken and there they are: BP 114/54, O2=92 pct, heart rate 94 (which is low normal for me), temperature 97.6 which is normal for me, another key test is my white blood cells is well over high normal, so they are working their little butts off getting this infection under control.
COPD in my case is made up of chronic bronchitis with a chronic cough that produces a ton of mucus. It is one of the aspects of the COPD umbrella. The major bugs I get stem from Pseudomonas which is the jump starter for pneumonia. Until a few years ago, Pseudomonas was not an ongoing issue, but over the last year or so it is not only the jump starter for illness, it resides in my lungs and with only the slightest of pushes becomes full-blown pneumonia. Over the last couple years my body has developed a tolerance for the drugs necessary to fully beat the Pseudomonas to submission. So as the COPD progresses, my body will develop further tolerances for drugs and eventually the story ends. But until then I will fight this sucker as best I can.
Now the Pseudomonas resides in my left lung waiting for the opportunity to flare up at a moment’s notice. It is these flare ups that immediately get me hospitalized.
No mention has been made of what the duration of my stay will be. It is way too early in the process to make that prediction, but having said that, I may report again later in the week of my progress.
Unlike my last trip to the hospital, I am in an actual room (it has a bathroom, a window with a view of trees, and enough room to turn around) as compared to the cell I was in last time. I am sharing this room with another patient, but that will change very soon, I have MRSA and that will require isolation. So either he or I will be moved and it will most likely take place within the next 24 hours.
The goal of course is to get the f….. out of the hospital, and to be well enough to enjoy the upcoming Disney cruise with my family. The cruise has been in the works for over a year and I have my granddaughter as fired up as I can, and only hope to amp her up a little more before our July cruise.
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