- Posted August 19, 2014 by
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Waiting It Out in Rehab
I know it has been four days since I updated anyone on what is going on with me or my conditions.
My last post noted that I was being released from Regional Hospital, but not to home. I was being transferred to Westminster Village Rehab Center.
After being checked in around 4 p.m. Friday, the evening was rather uneventful. There was supper, taking my stats and vitals, and watching television.
The special diet I have been placed on, called mechanical soft, along with the procedure for eating, is making eating not worthwhile. Until last Tuesday, I ate anything and everything. Now I am told I have a swallowing problem.
I have to sit up at a 90 degree angle. Take a sip or small bite, but not more than a teaspoonful. Take a deep breath. Hold it. Then swallow while holding my breath. Try to swallow twice and cough.
After a few bites of doing this or trying to drink anything, I am worn out and don't care. Unfortunately, I am not getting the nutrition I need which is causing other problems - primarily dizziness.
My blood pressure has always run low, but the past few days, it is lower than normal. I, the nurse and therapists, all seem to agree it is the lack of nutrition.
So here I sit on the 4th day at Westminster. I was told I'd be here 4 or 5 days. Now I am thinking it may be the full 20 days which Medicare will cover.
Wednesday morning, I am seeing an Ear Nose and Throat specialist, Dr. Drake. Hopefully my larynyx is not damaged beyond repair. I still have little voice and what I have is raspy and hoarse.
I had been told that one of the reasons for coming to the rehab center was to continue the intravenous antibiotics. That is not the case.
There is physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy - all designed to make sure I can live outside of a skilled nursing facility. Eveyone seems surprised to learn that Iohn and I have been living independently. The staff seems surprised that I am use to cleaning house, washing dishes, cooking, bathing all by myself.
The histoplasmosis possibility turned out to be a false lead. Dr. Singh, the hospitalist who is treating me, did say that I will continue to have recurring infections every few months.
Joy of joy!
That means every three or four months or so, I'll be taking a 5-day stay in the hospital for intravenous antibiotics.
So on this sunny, hot, humid Tuesday in the Cornfield, I sit in rehab. Stuck and wanting to go home.