Welcome back Oscar…Oral ABX are stupid!

Today is brought to you by the number 53. What is the significance of 53? It is the number of days since I last finished IV antibiotics (7 weeks 5 days). As I updated in my last blog I grew out some new bacteria called Achromobacter xylosoxidans. I’m going to call it just ‘Achromobacter,’ from now on because that is a lot to type. Continue reading

A little of this and a little of that

Let’s see….where to start.  It’s been 7 days since my power port was placed.  I’m healing nicely.  There has been minimal swelling and bruising.  The most painful part is the incision healing.  I have been using ice packs for the swelling and bruising.  There is a steri-strip over the incision that will come off when it’s ready.  I sure do want to rip it off though, it is making it to where if I move a certain way it pulls and is painful.   Continue reading

2 appointments today

Today was a busy fun filled day at UT hospital for 2 doctor appointments.  Ok, it wasn’t so fun filled but it sure was a long one.  It was about 7 hours today.  I had a big lapse of time between appointments which I spent in the cafeteria having some lunch and watching a movie with my sound canceling headphones so I could actually hear the movie.  Oh yes and of course answering emails, Fb messages and comments,etc.   Continue reading

Another round of IVs down

57 doses of Aztreonam, 19 doses of Amikacin, 133 Saline syringes (not including the extras for blood draws and reaccessing), 57 Heparin syringes, 2 Huber needles, 3 dressing changes…that’s what I have accomplished over the last 19 days plus tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow morning is my last doses of IVs and tomorrow afternoon is my last day of labs.  I will be needle free as of 1:15pm tomorrow afternoon!!  I’m very ready to be free from the needle and dressings that’s for sure.

Now for the million dollar question, “Do I feel better?”  A lot of people think that after I do IVs I’m “better” as in not sick anymore and that is not the case.  Yes, I am better for the time being and the goal is to stretch the time between IVs as long as possible.  IVs are inevitable in my life so I have to do what I have to do to keep on keeping on.   Continue reading

9 days down

Nine days of IVs down…?? more days to go.  When the port is accessed you are supposed to change the needle weekly.  It’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t get changed on the exact day.  It is also good to give your skin a break from the tegaderm that covers your needle.  The major perk is being able to take a REAL shower which means not having to sponge bathe and wash my hair over the side of the tub.  I deaccessed my port this afternoon after my 2pm dose.  I was due to change my needle on Friday but I wasn’t motivated to do it.  Then Saturday I slept most of the day.  I just finished with my real shower and I’m now doing a treatment.  When I’m finished with my treatment I’ll reaccess my port in time to do my next dose. Continue reading

Home sweet home!

I got paroled today!  My creatinine was 1.82 this morning!!  After receiving the great news that my creatinine was down my sister walked into my hospital room.  Mind you, she lives in Kansas City and I’m in Knoxville, TN…11 hours apart!  I was speechless and that doesn’t happen often.  I was so surprised.  That made my day even better.  My doc came in and asked if I was ready to go home and of course I said yes.  I wasn’t going to argue with him.  Although I was ok with staying if it meant a sister sleep over in the hospital.  We haven’t done that in years.  I got my walking papers and was home by noon.  Continue reading

ENT check up and IV update

I just got back from the ENT. My sinuses looked “fabulous” in regards to little to no polyps and all the green mucus yuck. However I have some MAJOR allergy issues going on.  He said that my sinuses look blue.  I thought that was impressive.  I guess the blue is from all the irritated allergy stuff up there.  I am in East Tennessee which happens to be the allergy capital of the U.S.  You can see the pollen on everything. Continue reading