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Fri Dec 5, 2014, 04:14 AM

Remember my "terrible sleep" night a few weeks ago?

Turned out be a staph infection in my blood. Three days in the ICU. A whole host of tests have been run: MRI, CAT scan, etc. all turn up negative yet my blood is positively infected. I am on massive antibiotics right now from my Hospital room. God bless these RN's and PCA's who help me. This has been a surreal journey.

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Reply Remember my "terrible sleep" night a few weeks ago? (Original post)
ReverendDeuce Dec 2014 OP
mucifer Dec 2014 #1
Rhiannon12866 Dec 2014 #2
malthaussen Dec 2014 #3
femmocrat Dec 2014 #4
PasadenaTrudy Dec 2014 #5
ReverendDeuce Dec 2014 #6
Lars39 Dec 2014 #7
ReverendDeuce Dec 2014 #9
Lars39 Dec 2014 #10
LiberalLoner Dec 2014 #8
marzipanni Dec 2014 #11
blackcrowflies Dec 2014 #12
ReverendDeuce Dec 2014 #13
mackerel Dec 2014 #14
ReverendDeuce Dec 2014 #16
Lolita46 Dec 2014 #15
ReverendDeuce Dec 2014 #17
Fla Dem Dec 2014 #18
ReverendDeuce Dec 2014 #19
magical thyme Dec 2014 #20
Xipe Totec Dec 2014 #21
ReverendDeuce Dec 2014 #22
femmocrat Dec 2014 #23
BlueJazz Dec 2014 #24
ReverendDeuce Dec 2014 #25
ReverendDeuce Dec 2014 #26
femmocrat Dec 2014 #27
nomorenomore08 Dec 2014 #28
WinkyDink Dec 2014 #29
ReverendDeuce Dec 2014 #30
femmocrat Dec 2014 #31

Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 08:40 AM

1. Glad you are on the mend!

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 11:00 AM

2. Yikes! Welcome back!

So glad to hear you're on the mend!

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 11:28 AM

3. Ouch

Get better soon!

-- Mal

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 11:43 AM

4. It's a good thing you got to the hospital!

Glad you are doing better, Rev.

Keep us updated, OK?

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 12:31 PM

5. Whoa!

Glad you got it checked out! My cousin had that last year. He pulled through after lots of antibiotics. He's in his 50s so we were a bit worried but he's fine now. Hang in there!

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 01:00 PM

6. One of the docs said I could be discharged today...

I'm so elated... Seriously.

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 01:30 PM

7. That's great!

How did you know to go to the doctor or ER though? Just feeling crappy?

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Response to Lars39 (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 06:10 PM

9. Wife rushed me to the ER when I nearly fell over...

Merely standing up from my chair became too much.

I'm fairly certain I am out of the woods, but my prognosis on Monday was terrible. My whole outlook on life is different now. This put the fear of God into me. I don't want to share the odds just yet, but they were most certainly NOT betting odds.

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 06:17 PM

10. Goodness!

I hope you have a full and speedy recovery. I hope they spoke with you about C Diff.

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 02:56 PM

8. Oh, how awful. I hope you recover soon, and fully.

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 06:44 PM

11. Be sure to go to a good local natural foods source and get refrigerated probiotics

Ask your doctor, though docs are only beginning to learn how important gut bacteria are. Powerful antibiotics zap the good bacteria, too, so after taking a course of antibiotics people need to put some back in!

Google "gut bacteria and immunity". It's really fascinating that researchers are finding the connection between our inner microbiome, and our health, including brain health!

Listen to this, for a start-
http://www.npr.org/2014/04/14/302899093/modern-medicine-may-not-be-doing-your-microbiome-any-favors

I hope you'll feel better and better each day!

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Response to marzipanni (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 06:58 PM

12. probiotics, maybe not

 

Zero evidence that they work.

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Response to blackcrowflies (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 10:39 PM

13. Given that my stools are now firm...

I'd say the evidence is out there.

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 10:46 PM

14. Probiotics for sure although last time I was on AB's my doc said yogurt

with live active culture would be fine.

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Response to mackerel (Reply #14)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 11:21 AM

16. I am sure they are just fine no doubt...

But I've been on so many antibiotics I would be surprised how many of the little guys survive. I used these probiotic gummies and since about 2 million per dose, I figure SOME of them have to make it through.

This hospital has a damn fine kitchen, too. The Mac and Cheese bake is like top shelf gastropub fare.

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 03:32 AM

15. Sounds awful.

 

Be well!

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 09:46 AM

17. UPDATE 12/7

Blood cultures have shown no growth of the staph in 72 hours. Still crossing fingers. Liver data shows a slow return to normal. All other vitals are excellent.

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Reply #17)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 11:21 AM

18. So glad results are headed in the right direction. Godspeed your recovery. nt

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Reply #17)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 02:28 PM

19. Oh god, they put me on lasix in anticipation of discharge... Whoa nelly!

For the edema in my legs from being sedentary.

Jesus! I am peeing gallons an hour it seems. LOL!

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 03:10 PM

20. did you have any kind of wound -- a cut or scrape that was infected?

 

Staph is normal on our skin surface. That's where most staph infections come from -- when surface bacteria finds entrance and take up residence.

Glad you're on the mend. Bacteremia is nothing to fool with; septicemia that much worse.

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 03:16 PM

21. You may be at the threshhold of the next artistic revolution

Like it happened with Alebrijes:


The first alebrijes, along with use of the term, originated with Pedro Linares. In the 1930s, Linares fell very ill and while he was in bed, unconscious, Linares dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest. There, he saw trees, animals, rocks, clouds that suddenly turned into something strange, some kind of animals, but, unknown animals. He saw a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with bull horns, a lion with an eagle head, and all of them were shouting one word, "Alebrijes". Upon recovery, he began recreating the creatures he saw in cardboard and paper mache and called them Alebrijes.






http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alebrije

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Wed Dec 10, 2014, 04:36 PM

22. UPDATE 12/10

I am home now. I have a picc line installled in my right bicep now and have a portable IV slung around my waist to deliver a constant stream of antibiotics.

I am very tired, however. The doctor and home health nurses tell me this is normal once I get back home as my body attempts to re-regulate its sleep pattern. I can tell you last night was a bitch, even in my own bed. My wife shooed me out of the bedroom because I kept yammering on in my sleep about meaningless gibberish.

This is a crazy way to live...

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Reply #22)

Wed Dec 10, 2014, 08:48 PM

23. That is wonderful news.

Hope you have a very quick recovery now that you are at home.

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Wed Dec 10, 2014, 09:05 PM

24. My thoughts are with you.

 

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Thu Dec 11, 2014, 11:25 AM

25. UPDATE 12/11

Wife and I ran a couple of errands (exhausting to me, but I needed to get out) to get me a better pillow and the last of my prescriptions. She was driving my car and left the keys in the cup holder as we proceeded to lock ourselves out of our apartment. So we had a bit of an hour-plus wait for apartment after-hours maintenance to get here to let us in.

This morning I feel a little bit more clear and a bit more able to focus. I slept the entire night like a rock on my new pillow.

Still fighting some relatively bad edema. Bought compression socks and taking Lasix.

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Reply #25)

Tue Dec 16, 2014, 01:53 PM

26. UPDATE 12/15: "Back in the hospital!"

Nothing major to report other than I am back in the hospital because my infectious disease doctor thinks my kidneys are about to fail. The opinion is that my body was not tolerating the antibiotic and so my kidney numbers went to hell.

So I am back, a day later, and my numbers are coming back to normal. The nephrologist says it was the lasix...

I am so so sick of this...

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Reply #26)

Tue Dec 16, 2014, 02:34 PM

27. So sorry, Rev.

I have a family member going through something very similar right now. I know how discouraging this can be and the toll it takes. It is so frustrating.

Please keep a positive outlook and focus on getting better. We are all pulling for you at DU.

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Reply #26)

Tue Dec 16, 2014, 07:57 PM

28. Holy shit what an ordeal! Hope you get better quick as humanly possible.

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Tue Dec 16, 2014, 09:41 PM

29. {{ReverendDeuce}} I hope you get well soon!

 

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Original post)

Wed Dec 24, 2014, 09:02 AM

30. UPDATE 12/24

Wife is starting to get antsy for my recovery. I am back home again and my numbers are almost entirely back within a normal range, other than my albumen count. Basically it means I'm consuming not nearly enough protein. So I've got two boxes of Clif energy/builder bars with 30g protein each. I'm a bigger guy, so the doc says I must consume nearly 90g per day. Three of these bars should do it, along with my regular diet.

I still get quite winded and the doc says with my protein this low and the fact that my body is not producing enough red or white blood cells as well as platelets, I am not to go anywhere. So much for Christmas!

Hanging in there...

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Response to ReverendDeuce (Reply #30)

Wed Dec 24, 2014, 02:29 PM

31. Thanks for the update!

I was wondering how you were doing. Glad you are home for Christmas and I hope you continue your recovery. Sounds like you are on your way!

Merry Christmas!

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