Update on Jim

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38sallyb
38sallyb Member Posts: 87
edited March 2014 in Esophageal Cancer #1
Jim was in the hospital getting TPN and doing well. Physical therapy had him up and walking! Felt so much stronger and better being on his feet, even with a walker. Until Friday evening!
About 8 pm started running high fever, 104.2. got it down, gave him Tylenol and ice packs in bad places and he did fine all night. Sat am ran another fever of 102.5. Same thing but took more blood for cultures and added a broad spectrum antibiotic.. watched football, but by 7 pm was not responsive and when they took internal temp it was 105.2. They RUSHED him to ICU, gave more Tylenol and put him on the cold blanket. Temp came down within about an hour to 104, then gradually down to acceptable. Keeps going up and down a little, so he's still in ICU and they turn the cold blanket on when needed..
Finally, today, we have an answer, sort of. Staph infection caused by Gram Positive Cocci aerobic. No definitive answer as to where infection is located, but might be left lung or in his MediPort.
He's still fighting; his breathing sounds very harsh to me. Dr says most congestion is in his throat, not his lungs.
He's incredibly determined. Back pain is better, I'm staying with him almost 24/7, but have a little relief for a few hours today so I'm napping and doing laundry!
We welcome all prayers.
Sally

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  • sandy1943
    sandy1943 Member Posts: 824
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    Hi Sally, So Sorry to hear
    Hi Sally, So Sorry to hear about the infection . Will continue praying for him.Thanks for the continued updates.
    Sandra
  • zinniemay
    zinniemay Member Posts: 522
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    thinking of you
    Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you both many prayers coming your way.
    Jennie
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  • Lylesmyprince
    Lylesmyprince Member Posts: 130
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    Sally,
    Praying for you and

    Sally,

    Praying for you and Jim. May you both find peace, comfort, and rest!!

    Love,
    Susie
  • sal314
    sal314 Member Posts: 599 Member
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    So Sorry...
    to hear what a tough time Jim is having! I will definately be praying for you and Jim! Hang in there! God is faithful!!

    Blessings,

    the OTHER Sally :)
  • unclaw2002
    unclaw2002 Member Posts: 599
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    Prayers and hugs for you and
    Prayers and hugs for you and Jim. Make sure you get some rest and take care of yourself.

    Cindy
  • 38sallyb
    38sallyb Member Posts: 87
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    Additional
    Problems are present. The pulmonologist believed the congestion is
    aspirationsl pneumonia from something he aspirated, food, meds etc
    He is having nebulizer treatments every 4 hrs that are helping but may
    need more help.
    We're hanging in here
    thanks for all the good wishes and prayers
    Sally
  • oriontj
    oriontj Member Posts: 375
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    You have our prayers
    We will be praying for Jim each and every day...the list is long but I know prayers work..so know we are praying..

    Hopefully they will find out where the infection is and be able to knock it out so he can come home...

    orion
  • paul61
    paul61 Member Posts: 1,392 Member
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    Prayers coming your way
    Sally,

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s infection. My surgical incisions became infected when I was in the hospital so I know the frustration. It sounds like they have the culprit isolated so that should help them prescribe the right treatment.

    You and Jim continue to be in my prayers daily.

    Best Regards,

    Paul Adams
    McCormick, South Carolina

    DX 10/22/2009 T2N1M0 Stage IIB
    12/03/2009 Ivor Lewis
    2/8 through 6/14/2010 Adjuvant Chemo Cisplatin, Epirubicin, 5 FU
    6/21/2010 CT Scan NED

    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!
  • mlbrooks852
    mlbrooks852 Member Posts: 67
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    Prayers for you
    We pray for strength for you and for Jim. Let us know how he is doing.
    Mary Lou
  • K_ann1015
    K_ann1015 Member Posts: 500
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    38sallyb said:

    Additional
    Problems are present. The pulmonologist believed the congestion is
    aspirationsl pneumonia from something he aspirated, food, meds etc
    He is having nebulizer treatments every 4 hrs that are helping but may
    need more help.
    We're hanging in here
    thanks for all the good wishes and prayers
    Sally

    Sally---so sorry of the
    Sally---so sorry of the recent difficulties... I will keep you both in my prayers. Your CSN family is wrapping you in their big {{{HUGs}}}
    Kim
  • JaneE2366
    JaneE2366 Member Posts: 289 Member
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    38sallyb said:

    Additional
    Problems are present. The pulmonologist believed the congestion is
    aspirationsl pneumonia from something he aspirated, food, meds etc
    He is having nebulizer treatments every 4 hrs that are helping but may
    need more help.
    We're hanging in here
    thanks for all the good wishes and prayers
    Sally

    prayers
    Sally,
    Keeping both you and Jim in my prayers.
    Stay strong,
    Jane
  • linda1120
    linda1120 Member Posts: 389
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    Jim
    I will be keeping you both in my prayers. As a caretaker, please remember yourself too!

    Linda
  • Tina Blondek
    Tina Blondek Member Posts: 1,500 Member
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    38sallyb said:

    Additional
    Problems are present. The pulmonologist believed the congestion is
    aspirationsl pneumonia from something he aspirated, food, meds etc
    He is having nebulizer treatments every 4 hrs that are helping but may
    need more help.
    We're hanging in here
    thanks for all the good wishes and prayers
    Sally

    Prayers Coming To You
    Hello my dear friends Sally and Jim
    Oh my...another bump in your road with this journey of cancer. Come on Jim, hang tough, you are the Timex watch...takes a licking and keeps on ticking remember? The dreaded staph infection. This is so common in a lot of hospitals. Unfortunately. Hand washing once again is so very important. The aspiration reminds me of another csn member. Someone's dad. Maybe I am thinking of Erica. Dear Heavenly Father once again we ask you to wrap your loving arms around Jim and Sally. Give them the strength they need to continue on fighting and beating this cancer. Grant them the peace they both need to face this most difficult situation. We pray this in Jesus' name, Amen. Stay in touch when you can. Thoughts and prayers are with you both daily.
    Love
    Tina in Va