Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Whirlwind Ride

This really just picks up where the last post ended I guess, we will go on from Thursday. I don't remember if I mentioned it but I was in no shape to take a treatment this week, so we skipped it. Friday morning I felt like I had been hit by a truck, I left a message for the phone nurse to call me, it was no time and they called back for me to come in, they didn't give me much notice either. I wasn't able to drive myself so it happened that Kara was going into work about the same time that I needed to be there. Kara dropped me off and Clay met me there, we saw Angela the APN and she called Dr. Rosenfeld in to look at me, listen to me and make a decision, my vision had gotten blurry & I was seeing double most of the time. He felt like I needed to be in the hospital to get IV antibiotics around the clock, at Highland they wouldn't be able to get near that much in me in the hours they are open. Even though Dr. Rosenfeld along with Clay hesitate about the hospital, I don't want to come out with more than I went in with. Clay & I ran back home to pick up a few things needed for the hospital & headed to WRMC, no more than got checked in they were wheeling me off for test after test. When I got back in my room we were settling in, getting hooked up to one thing then another & drawing blood. Started right away with the antibiotics, coughing the whole time, I sure couldn't sneak up on anyone that's for sure. I was seeing things as well, I haven't ever had anything like that happen to me. One of the first things they told us was that my sodium was really low, I knew with low potassium it could really do strange things to you but I guess my sodium has never been this low before. By Saturday evening or Sunday morning my level had returned to normal. The doctor said that they wanted the levels to come up slow, seems like every time they checked the count would come up 1 or 2 but finally it made it. I was having trouble getting around so Clay stayed the night at the hospital with me, helping with my pole of meds to the bathroom each time. Saturday was a better day, I hardly coughed at all so we felt sure I would get to go home Sunday morning. Not!! Kara stayed the night in the hospital with me Saturday night, during the night the cough big & bold came back in full force. I was still coughing the next morning especially as the doctor walked in, not going home now. She felt like I needed 1 more day of IV's along with cough syrup & couple of other things. Coughed alot Sunday but as the day went on the cough had eased a little, I had to get a couple of breathing treatments while I was there to help me breathe better, had alot of wheezing going on, this was the first night I got some rest, very little coughing & only hooked up every 6 hours for the antibiotic. I felt a better Monday morning & felt she would discharge me, lungs sounded better & little coughing, she did, I will go in for a follow up visit Thursday, if bloodwork looks ok I will take my treatment. It was so good to get home, last night I slept in my bed & slept very good. I have coughed some today but not quite as bad as last week. Just going to kinda take it easy, try to get better and get back to normal.


  1. I did not know you were in the hospital until Sunday after church! I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling well, sounds awful! Glad you're back home and sleeping in your own bed. Let me know if I can bring you anything!


    1. Thanks Catherine, I'm still getting better everyday. It's been rough at times but I'm better.
      Thanks again,