Things look much brighter today. While at first the doctors were concerned that I had a blood infection, it is now looking a lot more like a subcutaneous/skin infection. I am being treated with bags of the big guns — vancomycin, a broad spectrum antibiotic.
Meanwhile, the echocardiogram of my heart looked terrific — the doctors were concerned that the infection could have reached my heart or that there may have been fluid-filled sacs there. But none of that. My heart is beautiful and beating away just as it should. Yay for that!
I had a chest X-ray at 10 p.m. last night (who KNEW they do these tests 24/7?) to rule out pneumonia — a pretty standard procedure. Chest X-ray is clear, too!
I didn’t have any idea that someone from Hospital Transport would be knocking on my door at 10 p.m. to take me to X-ray. So, I checked with the nurse, and indeed, there was a doctor’s order for an X-ray.
Down the hall we went, me on stretcher, winding through the empty hallways, the lights dimmed for the night. Very Stephen King-ish, minus the ending, which was just an uneventfful trip back to my room.
So far, I have seen doctors from Oncology, Infectious Diseases, and Surgery. There were questions as to whether or not these boils on my skin — the first of which appeared on my abdomen and the second on my left leg — should be drained. At this point, thank God, the answer is no. Better that they resolve themselves with the antibiotics and rest.
Several more have appeared on my backside. Oh, great, I thought. I will be the literal butt of many jokes for years to come. Even worse, Infectious Disease wants to culture them today so they can identify the specific bacteria and ensure I’m on the correct antibiotic. More laughter to follow as that story is told over and over again for years to come at parties and who knows what. Butt cultures. Sigh.
I am waiting for the Big Guns from oncology, who have so far taken a back seat as Infectious Disease was busy doing their work – whatever this is falls under their umbrella. It’s a process of elimination and thank God that at this point, it does seem they have ruled out a blood infection. Seems getting myself to the ER asap was a very wise move.
My fever is gone, I feel fine, really. I do need the IV antibiotics and the tests and culture results, so it looks like I will be staying for a little while. My hope is that they’ll allow me to go home tomorrow, but I do realize that I must stay as long as I need to, until it is safe to let me go home. They may allow me to go home with IV antibiotics, which I can run through my chemo port.
I don’t know what this means for my chemo regimen at this point, other than I will have to heal before I can go back. I am going to ask for a CT Scan of my lungs today as I was due for another this month anyway and, if by chance those blueberry-sized tumors in my lungs have disappeared, well now, wouldn’t that be something?
Thank you for all of your heartfelt blog and Facebook comments. They really lift me up when I’m sitting in my hospital bed awake, late at night, oh who knows, perhaps waiting for Hospital Transport to wheel me down one of the eerie hallways.
Most of all, thank you for your prayers. I’ll continue to keep you updated.
Copyright 2011, Amy Rauch Neilson