Friday, July 3, 2009

Not What I Had in Mind

This was going to be a great weekend. Independence Day in Kotzebue is always a lot of fun. There's the parade and then games and booths and contests at the fairgrounds. Today there was the Beautiful baby contest and the Burger Cook Off. Then on Monday and Tuesday it's the Qatnut Trade Fair with lots of Eskimo dancing and crafts.

I planned to take TONS of photos and blog all about it....BUT NOOOOOOOO......



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...instead I am here. Inpatient at Providence Hospital in Anchorage for who knows how long. On Wednesday I developed an infection in my leg from a little break in the skin. Just one of those things that happens I guess. The infection did not respond to the oral or IV antibiotics they gave me in Kotzebue. That means they needed to break out the big guns...Vancomycin. They can't give you that stuff in Kotz so I had to jump on the next jet to ANC and check in at the hospital.


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Now I never have had small legs, but my left leg and knee is HUGE. I'm hooked to tubes and hoses and things that beep. I'm not allowed to get up except to go to the potty. More IV antibiotics and an ultrasound of my leg tonight. MRI tomorrow morning if things don't improve overnight. I just received my umpteenth poke in the last three days...this time in the BELLY! Geez.



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At least they have wireless internet! Obviously I won't have much to post. Maybe I will look and see what I have for photos on this laptop and post a few.

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14 comments:

Ishmael said...

Oh good lord, get well soon! I had a friend who got a scratch on her hand and had to be on a constant drip for weeks (they taped a plastic ball of antibiotics to her). Scary!

Anonymous said...

Yes! Like the dude with the pipe said woman; hurry up and get well.
All of us, and I'm including the gnats, are missing you already!

KuskoMama said...

oh no! I'm sorry to read this... inpatient hospital over a holiday (well, at any time) really sucks. I hope you respond to the antibiotics soon!

Saima said...

Cathy, we are bummed that you cannot be here with all of us for the 4th of July and all that jazz. Hopefully you get lots of rest at Prov, and let the spoil you! :) Get well soon!!!! SAIMA

Rocksee said...

Ohh no..! I am sorry to hear. Hope you get well very very soon!

Finnskimo said...

Dude...that sucks. Uyaana and Max told us all about it.

We missed you at EVERYTHING TODAY! And tomorrow too. Adii, that mean's I'll have to take my own photo's and not steal yours tomorrow. Ugh.

don said...

I hope you get better soon!

I'm sure you know that it went up to 80 degrees yesterday in Kotzebue. New York City didn't even reach 80 degrees!

Did that legislator ever get his kidney? Your piece exposed politics for what it could become if it is left unrestrained. Why do you think our Constitution works? Checks and Balances!

Again, feel better.

PS: I think your son has a natural softball/baseball batting stance.

Bragger said...

I hope you get better soon! I love keeping up with your blog from way down here in the South. :)

Peruby said...

What a nightmare! Here's wishing you the best and a speedy recovery from Ohio.

CabinDweller said...

Yikes! Get well soon!

Gloria said...

My best to you for a speedy recovery!!!!

Becky said...

Oh my word! I'm glad you were a good girl and went to the hospital instead of toughing it out Alaskan style.

Jeff had facial cellulitis (AKA flesh eating bacteria) on his forehead a few years ago, and had I not MADE him go to the hospital, he probably wouldn't have made it, as it was spreading with a vengeance into the "triangle of death" (eyes and nose) which could have gone straight to his brain, or so the kind folks at the hospital told him (and TOTALLY freaked us out). He had to be put on some silver bullet antibiotic and then had to stay on a super-strong one for 10 days afterward.

I'll pray your body responds to the medicines and you get better quick.

Lisa said...

Hope you have a speedy recovery. If you need anything while you're at Providence please let me know. I'd be happy to bring you something!

Ms. ~K said...

Kathy,
So sorry you are going through this...
Hope you will be home soon.
Kit