February 2009


There’s not much to post tonight, but I know that you are wondering what is going on with the infection in my lungs. This morning I was scheduled for a 8:00 a.m. bronchoscopy at Mount Sinai Hospital. A bronchoscopy is where the doctor uses a camera to see what is going on in my lungs and to take some samples of what’s hanging out in there. The procedure was over before I knew it.  I slept through the whole thing, slept through the hour in the recovery room and was woken up to go back to my family.

We’re still waiting the results of the tests and I expect to hear tomorrow. I’ve been on meds since Friday to fight the infection and, well, as always, we’ll just wait and see.

H.

There hasn’t been much time for reflection this week. In fact, with three full days down at PMH, there hasn’t been time for much of anything this week. But I did want to send out an update for today. Nothing fancy, just the facts.

My Aunt came with me today for the fun. I am thankful for her flexible schedule and willingness to join me on this journey. (And for the white mocha from Second Cup at the end of the day!)

First off, blood work.

Next: CT scan… and listen to this… I didn’t have to drink any “juice” (you know what I’m talking about… that gross peach flavoured whatever it is) not even one drop. And, no IV with dye. Just lie down with my arms above my head. Breathe in, breathe out.

After looking at the scan, Dr. Crump scheduled for a “Breathing” doctor (work with me, it’s late and I’ve had little sleep this week and, yes I realize that it would be best if all my doctors were breathing…) to come and take a look at the scan and make some assessments. 

While, it was decided that for sure I have an infection in my lungs, the jury is still out on what kind of infection it is, either bacterial or fungal. For that we’ll have to wait for a broncioscopy (as in, looking right into my lungs!). That’s scheduled for Monday.  They tried to get things arranged for today, but with it being late on Friday afternoon, it was impossible.

So, where does that leave me? I was sent home with an antibiotic that should help to make me feel better. We’ll just see how the weekend goes.

Love to you all.

H.

I’ve only got energy for point form tonight. Here’s what’s been happening today.

*After much confusion, had blood transfusion at PMH

*Still having fevers and cough

*Doctor will call in the morning with scheduled CT scan at PMH for tomorrow to further determine the cause of my ongoing fevers and cough

*Left hospital at 5:30 p.m…. That’s right, during rush hour… and dinner time… with a 2 year old

*Did the most normal thing I’ve done all week: We went out for dinner as a family at a restaurant. Who knew that going for dinner could bring so much joy. (Although it did have some rough spots… remember the 2 year old.)

*Arrived home and got Nathan in bed by 8:45

*Put some laundry on for tonight (I’m having night sweats throughout the night so each morning I wake up to a new pile of laundry and need to make sure that 2-3 sets of p.j.s are ready for the new night.)

*Arranged for my Auntie to take me downtown for tomorrow’s appointment

*Watched some CSI (special thanks to my sister who PVR’d Survivor for me)

*Off to bed. Eager to sleep, fever’s or not. So tired.

H.

I did have a few hours of rest from my fevers last night and that was a real treat. I told one friend that I had traded my “fever red” cheeks for “pasty winter white” cheeks and that was okay by me. I (cautiously) thought for sure that the fevers had stopped and that I would get a good night sleep. I was wrong, but equally thankful that Jeff and Nathan slept well.

We did head down to PMH today after dropping Nathan off at my sister’s house for a play date. I was so feverish that Jeff drove with his hat and mitts on while I had my coat, hat and mitts off and the window down. That’s love. Thanks Jeff.

The doctor was obviously concerned about my cough and sent me for a chest x-ray. The whole thing is digital so he had the x-ray in minutes. So cool. That said, it didn’t show anything profound that was wrong.

And, (I can hear you asking) what about that blood transfusion that I was waiting for? It didn’t happen today. I had misunderstood thinking that it was scheduled for today. What actually took place was that the blood work that precedes the transfusion (blood matching) had been ordered for today. That way, if I did need a transfusion, they would already be looking for a match. That said, I do have another appointment tomorrow afternoon for the transfusion and I am counting down the hours. 

On a separate note but related note: Jeff gave blood yesterday at one of our local clinics. He has O- blood, which is universal. He had been called the day before asking to donate because there was an immediate need at Sick Kids. Jeff has given blood many times over the years (I tried watching once, but I waited over at the juice and snack station…). Often he is told that Canadian Blood Services had been waiting for his donation and that it will be rushed down to a particular hospital to meet an urgent need.

Oh… I’ve got so much more to say about blood transfusions and blood donations but I’m going to wrap this up for tonight.

I will ask you this though: Would you consider becoming a blood donor? Perhaps you’re a first time donor. Perhaps you haven’t donated in a while. At least take the time to consider it.

Two of the most significant gifts that I have received have been from two friends who have sent repeated emails to me saying: Heather, I just gave blood today and I thought of you.

Love to you all,

H.

There’s no other way of saying it, it’s been a rough week.

Since our romantic evening out at the A/P Hospital there hasn’t been much of a change in how I’ve been feeling. I’m still having fevers around the clock, night sweats, coughing and congestion. I have been in and out of feverish sleep for most of each day. 

I wrote in an earlier post about Keeping Your Eyes Fixed on Jesus. That has been hard to do this week. Not only because I’ve been asleep most of each day, but when I am awake, my thoughts have often turned to me and my own situation. This is a lesson that I still need to learn. Probably one we all need to learn.

And so there it is.

We’re off tomorrow to PMH and Blood Transfusion.

Big thanks to Jeff who has taken the Lion’s Share of the work this week. He has gone above and beyond… on his birthday no less. “For better, for worse. In sickness, in health.” I love you.

H.

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