Well, I just had a harsh lesson in the dangers of PD (my type of dialysis)… I spent the last 5 days in the hospital trying to get rid of a staph infection that was on my dialysis catheter site! Last Wednesday, I was at work when I started shaking uncontrollably and vomiting non-stop, but when I went to the dialysis center, my site looked ok (it didn’t actually start showing signs of infection until the next day, so I felt it before I saw it. Nice.), and my fluids were crystal clear, so we didn’t know what was going on, and I was sent to the ER. I’ve been told that this was something that I needed to be careful about, but I never thought it could be this bad! Ugh… Never a dull day in Berta-world. 😛 Actually, what happened was a “perfect storm” of sorts… not only did I have the infection, but they think there was some sort of residual stomach bug that came back, AND my blood count had dropped too low. So, not only was I getting the full IV diet of antibiotics, morphine and fluids, but I also had to get a blood transfusion as well! Weeeee!
I have to say, though, of all the hospitals I’ve been in, this one knocked it out of the park! I was staying at Baylor Plano, and I had read from an old friend of mine that she did not like them at ALL, but I have to say, I was highly impressed! The rooms were nice, the staff was amazing and the food was totally gourmet! No boring, bland chicken slab for me! Not only that, but they are becoming one of the hospitals that actually provides my type of dialysis (PD) when most do not…AND they had gluten free bread! Woohoo! Yes, I know… it’s the little things for me. 🙂 Just a note, for all those concerned, I’m all good. I’ll be on antibiotics for the next 21 days, and hopefully it won’t lead to anything worse!
Sooooo… due to all this, my heart cath for this week has been postponed till next Friday. Which means more waiting. However, I’d rather be safe than sorry! I just pray that this turns out well so I don’t have to keep dealing with all of this medical drama. It would be nice to have this catheter taken out so I don’t have any more complications to worry about!
What I’m thankful for today: