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    Day 5 - Transfer Day


    My fifth day in the hospital and I am being released this afternoon.

    But - I am not going home.

    I  am being transferred to Westminster Village, arguably the best nursing  and rehabilitation center in the Cornfield. I will have another four to  five days at the facility before being allowed to go home.

    The  purpose of the transfer is to continue with intravenous antibiotics,  speech therapy to strengthen my throat and hopefully bring back my  voice, pulmonary rehabilitation to strengthen and help be more active  with only one functioning lung and to be transported to and from the  Ear, Nose and Throat specialist to determine how damaged my larynyx may  be.

    Dr.  Singh, the hospitalist who is treating me here in the hospital, did  confirm that I will continue to have recurring infections. No word yet  on whether I may be afflicted with histoplasmosis, which can be treated  with antifungals, but not cured. The doctor did order another CT-Scan on  Thursday. That scan was unremarkable. There was nothing new which is a  good thing.

    Now  I sit waiting for a urologist to check on me after 1 p.m. today before  being released. The urologist will be checking me out to see what may be  causing my flow problem over this week. One possibility is an enlarged  prostate. That would be typical for a man of my age.

    The  care, the treatment, over the past five days has been much more  aggressive and thorough from what I have experienced in the past. The  doctor has been keeping me abreast upfront as has the staff. The speech  therapy, the pulmonary rehabilitation have not been offered before.

    These are apparently two treatments that should have occurred two years ago.

    While I am far from back to what is normal for me, I am much improved over where I was on Monday when I was admitted.

    Adequate  and better care, healing, is a joint effort between the patient and the  healthcare providers. If there is a breakdown in communication, the  patient suffers.

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