- Posted August 14, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
In the Hospital - Again! Day 4
On this the fourth day since I came back to the hospital, I am having some mixed feelings this afternoon. Not about the care, but about the news Dr. Singh provided today.
The sort of good news is that I most likely will be released from the hospital tomorrow. The not so good news is that I won't be going directly home. I will be going to Westminster Village, one of, if not the best, nursing facilities in Terre Haute.
I am not sure how long I will be there. Medicare covers up to 20 days. I doubt seriously that it will be anywhere near that long. The reason for the move to Westminster is to continue intravenous antibiotics for a few more days.
Perhaps if I am transferred tomorrow, I may be allowed to go home by Monday or Tuesday.
Remember that commercial about the guys on motorcycles and in other situations riding along, but suddenly having to stop to go?
Well, don't laugh, but I am now in that situation. Since my entry Monday, starting that evening, I've been having a flow problem. So now, as of this afternoon, I am on Floxmax.
If it is not one thing, it is another.
Still no word on whether I may be afflicted with histoplasmosis. That word may come as early as tomorrow.
Following the barium swallow test conducted Wednesday, I am being followed up by speech therapy.
Don't let the name fool you. It is not about being about to speak properly. At my age, that is not going to happen.
The speech therapist is working with me to regain strength to my throat and assist in swallowing and keeping the food or drink from aspirating into my lungs rather than sliding gracefully into my stomach. I am having to hold my breath and swallow to keep the epiglottis shut and not allowing food or drink down my windpipe.
There are even exercises to build strength in the back of my tongue. It is expected that I will be following up with outpatient speech therapy for awhile once released from the hospital.
In addition to the speech therapy of twice weekly there is also to be up to 36 weeks of pulmonary rehabilitation. That will be twice a week for an hour and involve such things as walking a treadmill and riding a stationary bike to build strength in my functional lung.
Have managed to gain back to 130 pounds. Not much, but I am gaining a little at a time.
Once home I am to continue with soft foods and chopped up meat until my throat regains strength.
The care I am receiving is going far beyond what I have had to this point in the last nearly three years. I still am amazed at why some of this was not prescribed or recommended before.
That's how my Thursday is going.
How about yours?