Thursday, August 27, 2009

Update two, day six in the hospital

I'm told by nephrologists that my kidney function continues to deteriorate from something called Acute Tubular Necrosis, ATN. This is caused by something that happened in the operating room on Saturday. I bottomed out, apparently, my blood pressure plummeting and heart rate rising. This causes death in some of the tissue more sensitive to deprivation of oxygen. There is talk of dialysis.

I still have lower lobe pneumonia, and it hurts to breathe deeply. I continue to receive breathing treatments every four hours. And my stomach muscles are in horrendous pain every time I move because of all the cutting and cleaning out that was done down there.

The bacteria that caused the massive infection in my pelvis has been identified as gram positive cocci strep, and I am now on IV antibiotics made just for that bacteria strain, so I've not had any temps for awhile.

But It's not clear when I'll get out of here, and recovering from all that has happened will likely take a couple months.

Even simple activities, like typing on my laptop are exhausting. I sleep a lot. Today I got to eat real food for the first time since Saturday morning. And I got a foley catheter out - Small victories.

Just watned to let any of you know who are responding to these notes that your kind words of encouragement are definitely needed and appreciated

1 comment:

  1. I am so sorry to hear that you are sick! I hope your recovery will be soon and quick.


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