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Saturday in the hotspotal - From Me

Saturday, August 06, 2011

HotSpotal aka hospital

Today, enough was enough, especially when I was told I would not get to go home today. Boo hoo, blah, grr, one more. I am even forgetting how to spell and type. So I asked Ron to bring me 1) netbook, 2) a banana strawberry fruit smoothie 3) yarn and a crochet hook, 4) clothes for my pending getaway.

I appreciate my hubby's little updates. from the HotSpotal aka hospital.

I started writing that about a half an hour ago. In the meantime.
I ate - half of my roast beef, half of my corn a teaspoon of mash potato, a couple teaspoons of orange sherbet. This was the most I've eaten since my first day's totally liquid diet. My appetite has been non-existent so I am not even trying to. Getting healthy IS my job, and some days are harder than others.

All the inbetweens - Unfortunately, my gag reflex has kicked in with all medications, and thus the lack of appetite and nausea.

Here IS what is going on now.
I have been running a fever every night. My pain has not been the best managed. My hands swelled from the IV sites, so they had to remove the needles, then they found I dangerously low potassium levels, and to top that off, I have got a urinary tract infection - henceforth the fevers every night.

So, they have been trying to give me potassium tablets, and yesterday I only took 1/3 of a tablet, and tried to convince them I could fix it with nutrition. Not good, when I have no appetite to live up to my words. My hubby brought me a smoothie last night too (I only drank 1/4), I ate1/4 of a banana, and half of a vanilla yogurt. I would not have believed I am force feeding myself.

Day 1 - I was spaced out. Whatever my hubby says, good.
Day 2 - They got me up, went to the Bathroom, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and I don't remember much else. I was terrible by evening, the Dr. ordered a commode for me. I also found out that there was much more of a tear on the left side herniated disc that he thought, so he had to cut through muscle as well as utilize screws and rods, and
Day 3 - Thursday - It felt ugly. Lots of pain, Didn't want to move, I refused Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and walking to the bathroom. I didn't feel "better" till evening - too many back spasms.
Day 4 - Friday - I woke up with my right hand totally swollen and in pain about 3 a.m. by morning, my medical bands were adhered to my wrists, and it was with great difficulty that I peeled them off my wrists. The iv's were removed, so potassium levels were monitored. My doc came to see me, and he removed the drain. Later, the test results for the potassium showed a deficiency, so, more monster pills. I accepted Physical therapy and occupational therapy, and climbed the equivalent to 10 steps. Doc said I might go home Saturday or Sunday'

Day 5 - today. I was thinking positive - not always the best thing. Murphy in action. Remember that potassium? Yep, you're right, I didn't have enough and had to have more to be allowed to go home. I cooperated with PT - climbed stairs, and one of the nurses carefully worked with me to get me through the Potassium tablets. I took 2 whole tablets this afternoon by halves with apple juice and lots of coaxing.

It is 3 in the afternoon on Saturday - I am wiped out, and nned to nap. So, night night my friends.
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  • DAISY443
    emoticon Hang tough!
    3023 days ago
    Sorry the procedure was different. I sure do hope the potassium issue will soon be resovled. Hugs Pat in Maine,Take care Deborah, I hope you are home soon. DH will be happy to have you home for sure.. emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 8/7/2011 5:03:47 PM
  • _LINDA
    I thought it was ridculous getting a liquids only diet when all I had was a spinal :( Mom rescued me from complete starvation by bringing by the bananas I requested. So sorry you are have a rotten time in the hospital :(( Good for you trying your exercises. Hope that potassium is brought under control oon so you can go home..
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    3024 days ago
    Well. I just woke up after a two hour pain relief. Find it interesting about the potassium, don't know if it is cooincidental or is a result of back type surgeries. I noted last week that all my IV's were potassium IV's instead of what I remember as glucose iv's. I also was told last December that I had to take Potassium pills because my Potassium was low.

    Wonder, what does it do? I know search wikipedia. Don't rush the getting out of the hoospital, but do make sure your hospital staff and nurses are washing their hands. The last thing you need is an infection keeping you there longer to get one. I stayed only one extra day but I have a LLLOOONNNNGGGG way to go. I hope you see improvement once the surgery pain stops.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3024 days ago
    Look at you blogging- you are doing remarkably well, and soon you will be home!
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    3024 days ago
    This is soooooo tough. Glad you're getting the best of care. Just rest, recuperate. Yeah!
    3024 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Sure praying for you!
    3024 days ago
  • JGMK55
    Sending emoticon and emoticon your way.
    3024 days ago
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    3024 days ago
    I am sorry you are going through this but hang in there, rest and stay as positive as you can emoticon emoticon
    3024 days ago

    I am so sorry to hear how hard this is being for you. I hope your recovery speeds up and your pain is more under control.

    Sending you love,

    3024 days ago
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