- Posted August 15, 2014 by
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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.