- Posted August 13, 2014 by
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In the Hospital - Again!
Here it is Tuesday, August 12, 2014 shortly after 2 p.m.
And where am I?
Since around 3 p.m. Monday I have been back in Regional Hospital in Terre Haute. There was no choice.
What I know so far is that I have pneumonia in both my lower right lung, which no longer functions, and my upper left lung. This is why the oral antibiotics have been ineffectual. I am back on intravenous antibiotics.
The CT-scan I had a couple of weeks was unremarkable and mirrored earlier CT-scans. The blood cultures were normal or at least indicated nothing new. The sputum sample test was also negative or unremarkable.
The first IV put in Monday evening blew around 3 a.m. today. A second IV has now been started moved from the right arm to the left arm. I am or will be shortly on two different antiobiotics in addition to the solumedrol, IV prednisone. Continuing with Xarelto and two or three other new meds for specific use.
A chest x-ray last night revealed the pneumonia in each lung. Tomorrow morning using a barium-base, a series of x-rays will be done on my throat. There is a possibility the difficulty in swallowing and getting food stuck in my throat maybe more than just a swollen and very sore throat due to the coughing and expelling the mucus build-up.
Had a visit from a pulmonary rehabilitation therapist. This was a first in the two and a half years since my lung surgery. Been informed will be seen daily while in the hospital and eligible under Medicare to 36 sessions at 3 per week once I am back home as an out-patient. The program includes stationary bike riding, walking a treadmill etc to keep my functioning lung strong and more resillient. There also classes on COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and pharmacology as related to COPD.
None of this has been prescribed or offered before.
The hospital staff doctor, Dr. A. Singh, has been very informative and checking in regularly. He is, it seems, being much more thorough. He told me this morning that I will most likely be here for 3 to 4 days longer.
I was given an option in the middle of the night of allowing a heart monitor be placed or not. I chose to allow the monitor. I was told why by Dr. Singh yesterday to rule out any heart irregularity in light that the pneumonia (infection) has been going on for about six weeks now and the recurring nature of the infection.
The fever has broken - finally! My last temp reading was slightly below my normal of 96.3. The aide checked twice because it was 96.1. Had to tell her it was correct and what my normal temp is.
For now my focus is on getting better and nothing more.