It’s been a while since I’ve felt like posting anything but I’m ready to give everyone an update. I don’t remember a lot of the week so there is going to be a lot of information that does not have a date on it, but I will try to put dates on things that I remember what day they happened on.
Friday April 21st Mallory and I got into a fight and I asked her to leave so I had to call Jessica to finish putting me in bed and getting stuff ready for me to go to sleep. I ended up staying the night in bed by myself that night. It was weird and kind of scary knowing that I was here in bed alone and if something happened I couldn’t just get out of bed by myself. I honestly didn’t have any trouble at all. Everything went smoothly, which is good for my first time ever doing that.
Saturday I got out of bed to go to Donna’s house in Summerville because Jessica was helping Hailey move into the house on her property. I stayed outside all day, enjoying the sunshine and being with everyone. It really sucks to be stuck in the bed with the wounds while it’s pretty outside. I ended up getting really sunburnt but I’d gladly do it again. When I got home I got back in bed and wasn’t feeling good. Jessica took my blood pressure and it kept hovering around 79/35 with a heartbeat of 118. For me, I didn’t think anything about it because my normal is 80/60 and I didn’t feel like there was anything wrong. Jessica kept texting her mom who’s a nurse that works in the ER, and she said that we needed to bring me to the hospital because the low blood pressure with a high heart rate is a sign of sepsis. Jessica told her it was going to be her ER.
A couple of hours later, my blood pressure still kept hovering around the same level so we got me back up in the chair and headed to Rapides Regional Hospital in Alexandria where Donna was waiting for us. By 2 AM I was admitted for sepsis. The new small wound that developed had turned black around the edges and gotten bigger because of an abscess that had developed under the skin. I’m assuming that the rough terrain of Hailey’s yard must have popped the abscess and the infection was turning me septic fast. We caught it early. This makes four times that I’ve had sepsis now and the first three times nearly killed me.
Sunday night I had a bit of a scare. I am still in the ER room because there’s no beds upstairs, Jessica and my dad are the two in the room when my right IV starts pouring blood randomly. Jessica hits the nurse call button while my dad goes to the nurses station for help. No one comes to help so naturally Jessica just pulls off the dressing and takes out the IV. It took the nurses at least twenty minutes to get in the room, plenty of time for me to have substantial blood loss or possibly bleed to death.
After several test, it was found that part of my pelvic bone has become infected. The only way to treat bone infection is through IV antibiotics. This would mean that I would have to be placed into a long term care facility where they could watch the infection levels. I pretty much asked the question about why I couldn’t be put on the antibiotics at home. At first they wanted to put me in the hospital for 30 days to get my IV antibiotics but I told them I would do anything they needed me to do at home.
Saturday April 29, 2023, the doctor that puts in a central line in patient’s came to get me around 2. The room wasn’t as cold as I was expecting it to be but then again I’ve gotten more tolerant of the cold. I waited for what seemed like forever laying there on the operating table. They ended up having to put a drape over my face while we waited on the doctor to get in the room. I don’t remember a whole lot of than country music playing in the background. I wasn’t even in my room and awake good when the nurse came in saying that we could go home. So that’s exactly what we did, went home.
My IV antibiotics get administered to me through a syringe once a day over the course of 10 minutes. I thankfully do not have to stay continuously hooked up to an IV pole. My six weeks of antibiotics will be up on June 7 of 2023.