Saturday, July 4, 2009

Update

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I'm still here at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. My leg hasn't gotten better but it hasn't gotten worse either, which is great. I assume that after the leg ultrasound it was determined that I do not also have a deep vein thrombosis because no one ran into my room with a fistfull of blood thinners.

The blood cultures they took in Kotzebue haven't come back yet so they do not know for certain that it is MRSA, but that is a definate possibility so that is how they are treating it. I am now going from 2 doses of Vancomycin a day to three. My IV went bad and I had to get another one. That's my fourth IV in four days, not to mention all the other pokes for blood draws. That means I am running out of usable veins so there is talk of inserting a PICC line to make administering antibiotics and drawing blood easier. They will see if my leg has improved tomorrow and then decide what to do.

So I still have no idea how long I will be here, and I am still not supposed to get up and walk around. All the doctors, nurses and PCT's here have been great but it is very, very BORING! I sit here and watch tv, fiddle around on the internet, take naps, stare off into space, watch some more tv. What I really need is a good book.

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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Too bad Tidal Wave does not deliver. Or maybe you can place an order through them and have it mailed to the hosp...just saying...lol...

Anonymous said...

try this website fanfiction.net it is free and some of the stuff is pretty good

Anonymous said...

i get off work at 11 am tomorrow, call my cell and let me know what you need and i will bring it. i hope you have my cell #. Anyway, I am off to bed to face the weekend crowd going home in the morning, 4 am at that, yea, i can't wait. you better call me! your 'real' friend?

Cathy said...

I did have your cell number.....in my old phone. I just tried to call Bree to get it but she isn't home. You can always call Prov. or you can call my cell if you have it. Better yet yu can email me your cell to aqvaluq@hotmail.com

I need a good book...but not those goofy romance novel Bree reads, lol.

fireweedroots said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery. My son had an MRSA last summer and was off work for almost 2 weeks.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cathy,
Sorry that you are having health problems but trust that you are getting excellent(?) care.
It has to be discouraging to be laid up when everyone else is off work having fun. Maybe you could do a photo survey of the Anchorage hospital for us.
Keep thinking positive thoughts as we keep you in our prayers.
Keith

KuskoMama said...

Sorry to hear there's no improvement, and the blown IVs etc. is no fun at all! I hope they can get you on the mend soon. :(

Auntie said...

Yo Cathy! Your leg is the first body part, that I know of, to have its own blog. Us'ns here in New Hampster are sending you a shipment of the following books: War & Peace, by that Russki guy; Ulysses, by that Irish bloke; and your very own first edition copy of Maude's Mutterings (signed) by a wishes-to-be-anonymous relative. (Anonymous because of pending lawsuits.) If you need good veins, call me. I have the best and will fly to Anc to save you. Love, Auntie (& Willy)

Don said...

I hope all the treatments take soon--and that they come back with the results today! I'm sure all of Kotzebue is anticipating your return.

You keep a really nice blog which is "user-friendly."

Thank you.

Don

the california guy said...

I'm praying for your speedy recovery.

Anonymous said...

Feel better Cathy. I read your blog from Miami and really enjoy it it. I was born in Fairbanks so Kotzebue is really exotic to me!

Arvay said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Cindy said...

Get well soon!

Gizzy's Mom said...

Hope you are "up and at 'em" real soon. Being stuck in bed and without good reading material stinks.

KuskoMama said...

any updates? I'm hoping you're discharged and on your way back to OTZ?

gpc said...

Oh my gosh, I am so sorry you have to deal with this. It could be anything. My nephew had mrsa and it was a constant aggravation. An aunt got an infection like that from a cat scratch, and also weeks of having them mess with it. A coworker got a bad leg infection that didn't respond quickly to anything from scraping her knee on the filthy streets of detroit city. All 3 are fine now, but that's small comfort when you're going through it. Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

Like KuskoMama said; any updates? Da gubner was up here and would have appreciated your photographic skills, I am sure.

Hurry up and get well, we're missing you here.