Thursday, January 13, 2011

My new buddy

Well, the next day after resolving to try to stay healthy, I got sick. Yep, Jan. 2...fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath. I called the cf center after a couple of days because it wasn't getting any better and they had me come in. My numbers were all down, pulse high, sats down and they decided to send me over to the hospital to get a Picc put in. Luckily I could do it right away. Needless to say, it was a long tiring day. My meds were delivered at home the next day, and a nurse was scheduled to come Sat. morning to start the IV's. This time, because of the one medicine, I am not getting my handy dandy little portable IV pump, it's a regular big hospital pole machine thingy. I freaked when I saw it! Oh man, now I'm not only sick, I have to think and learn how to run this big sucker. After the Sat. session with the nurse, I was still confused, so she came back Sun. morning. I felt better after going through it again. When I tried it Mon. it kept beeping and I finally figured it out the problem. With the next one, I forgot to close off the line before I hooked up to the med and got tons of air bubbles. Stress...Tues. I got everything ready and all was going well, but I couldn't flush my line. Nope, nada. My SIL came and tried. No. So I called the nurse. They sent someone out, thinking I had a clot in the line and she brought a clot buster med to put in the line...she wasn't able to really get any of it in, so she called my dr. and they said I'd have to back to Akron the next morning and prob get another Picc put in. Oh man...stressful thought!!

My friend Gail was going to take me yesterday morning, but it was snowing so much the hospital and my dr. said I could wait till the next day. But it did quit and we decided to go in the afternoon, so hospital said ok. The roads weren't as bad as we thought they'd be. They did an x-ray of my picc arm, saw no kinks. The picc nurse (who usually is the one who puts mine in) was going to numb me up for another one, then she looked at the x-ray one more time and saw what she thought was a tiny bend near the beginning of the Picc. So she took off the bandage and moved it around a little without pulling it out and then tried to flush it and it WORKED!! We cheered! So she is totally my hero right now! They did blood work and sent us on our way...We got home and Gail stayed while I set up my IV stuff and I did it very slowly, but it went without a hitch...

So far, today has been wonderfully peacefully uneventful. No nurses, no going to Akron, the IV-ing went well, no stress. At least for today!

And now, here's my new buddy, and although I'm not really enamored with him, I'm depending on him to get the meds into me to get me well again! Seems like he needs a name...


Written Permission said...

My vote: Marvin.

(I hope you feel better soon! Glad Mom was able to help a little. :))

Keetha Broyles said...

I like Marvin too - - - "Marvin the Medicator!"

Bless your heart. I'm soooooo sorry you have to go through this.

I admire your spirit - - - taking it all while somehow maintaining your sense of humor.

Like the new header picture, BTW. I assume it is you with hubby and your 2 children.

Colleen said...

Sorry to hear your are not feeling well. Hope the meds. help return you to top health and feeling better!

Judy said...

Love your new set-up, picture and all! Good job!

I'm hoping your stress levels have died down so that you can rest and get feeling better fast.

Due to the size of your "new buddy", he probably DOES deserve to be named!! (I agree, Marvin is rather cute!)

The Starr Family said...

Well bummer Marcia... hope you feel better soon! That stand shouldn't get in the way of baking :)

Love your new header, beautiful couple!