Sunday, May 8, 2011

Admitted Again!!!

So on Thursday morning when we went in for the blood transfusion John had a temperature of 100.5. For most of us that wouldn't be a problem , just take some Tylenol and it goes away. For John that is an automatic admit to the hospital. Since we were in the clinic, which is one building away from where the hospital rooms are , we had to get in the ambulance so they could drive us around the parking lot to the other building. Isn't that crazy? I guess it has something to do with liability or something. I don't understand why he couldn't just go in a wheelchair across the walkway to the other building. Would have saved them a lot of money!

So once we were in his room they  immediately started him on antibiotics and took all the blood work for the cultures that they needed. At that time they were also doing the type and match. They also took a throat culture since I had just had strep throat the week before. His fever was not going up so that was a good sign. Since it takes 48 hours for the cultures to come back we knew we in there for at least that long. He continued to be checked for fever but it never went up. Later that day he received his blood transfusion which he tolerated well.

Friday was just a waiting game. We new that the results still had another 24 hours so we just waited. I don't think I even left the room that day. He got 24 hour feeds to make sure he was meeting his caloric needs. We are giving him 1800 calories per day all through his tube since nothing tastes good to him. The results finally came in on Saturday and we were cleared to come home. He was so happy to leave! We added one more medicine to list. It is a combination anti-anxiety and appetite stimulant. He has not been sleeping very well or eating so we are going to see how it works.

On another note I just received a text from my brother who told me that Johns t shirts were given to a local uninsured hospital in Cusco. He is making a difference in Peru! The back story behind that is that his friend is doing a hike down there and has dedicated it to John and his constant strength. Another thank you to the people that are keeping him in your prayers and doing things for others that make a difference!

1 comment:

  1. Just wanted to let you know that I'm still thinking of and praying for you all. Glad to hear that he got to go home, and also that he's been getting some cards in the mail. Hugs!