Jan 28, 2013 - 3:45 am
I have been very ill and unable to post an update. Approx. Jan. 17, I came down with a stomach virus which put me under the table from severe diarrhea and flu like symptoms. Couldn't eat, but tried to stay hydrated. Tried to stay away from hubby also, but on Jan. 20, he started having trouble breathing. Morning of the 21st, we started to Emg. room. We each could hardly walk. He tried to climb up into the truck with my help and his legs wouldn't work and we both fell into the street. I managed to get up, but couldn't get him up, made it back into the house and called 911. Fire dept. came and 4 firemen got him up and into the truck. I managed to drive him to Emg. He was in CHF, so when he was stable, I headed back home.
The next morning, after worsening bathroom issues, I passed out. Tried to get to the couch. Didn't make it. Woke up with the cat rubbing my head. Managed to reach phone. Called my son and got the words "Help Me" out. He came, got me up, and stayed with me. Went to my doc two hours later. Blood work and EKG. Back home with "hydrate" instructions. Middle of night, lab calls telling me to go to Emg. Salt level and potassium critically low, with risk of seizure. Ended up in the hospital for four days(9 million bags of IV salt & potassium) with hubby on his own at different hospital. Poor son was back and forth between hospitals and lonely cat at home. Somewhere in there, the lung biopsy was done on hubby, all his meds readjusted again.
I got home on Saturday and hubby made it here Sunday, with a portable oxygen tank. Home unit was delivered a couple of hours later. I now have a respiratory infection in bronchial tubes, lungs OK, but haven't slept in almost two weeks, even in hospital. Can only take shallow breaths.
Need to call MDA in morning to see if other hospital set up follow up. I had cancelled the scheduled biopsy and follow up when I took hubby to Emg. room.
Terrible time for both of us and am struggling to help him get around in the house. He is very weak. Our only help is our son who must attend classes all day Mon. & Wed., but is available to help all other times. Am hoping I have the strength to get hubby to MDA by myself, if need be. As a person who is NEVER sick, I'm having a hard time recovering. Can only hope the follow up will go well and MDA can work with the oxygen issue.
Will update again after follow up.