Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hospital

I know I have been horrible with updating my blog...i just haven't had the time with nursing school. I hate that :(

Anyways, I have been in the hospital for about 19 days now. I have been treated for a respiratory infection and are now doing treatment for chronic rejection (again), which includes Thymoglobulin and photophoresis. It's definitely been a roller coaster ride this visit with many tests and studies to rule out every possible thing that could be going on. It ultimately came down to progression of chronic rejection.

My fall semester classes start on Tuesday, the 16th. Please be praying that I am out of the hospital and feel up to attending classes. I will do everything possible to finish these next 2 semesters, but I would love it if I could make it through with minimal suffering.

I've still had major issues with high heart rate, shortness of breath, and low oxygen saturations with exertion. Thymoglobulin is a drug that wipes out your immune system completely (to about a WBC count less than 1.0). I am currently on my 3rd dose, and will probably complete 5 doses because my WBC count is still too high (about 10,000 right now); This medicine is also known to make you feel like you have the flu. I am premedicated with solumedrol, Tylenol and benadryl. When i completed this treatment back in 2006, i tolerated the medication well, but for about 5 days after i felt horrible (like i had the flu) and even ended up back in the hospital for a few days. So this is a very crucial time as i am very susceptible to infections; And with nursing school, that doesn't make it much better-lol.

I have been having low grade temps the last few days as well. We definitely need this to go away NOW!!!

Sorry for the long overdue update. Sorry this is quick, but haven't had much motivation to blog. I did finish the summer semester with all A's...which i was ecstatic about :) Two more semesters to go until I become an official RN!!


11 comments:

Amy said...

Saying prayers this wipes it out and you can finish your degree with no problems!!! A friend of mine had 2 sessions of the photopheresis and he felt great after. Hope it helps you too!

Jamie said...

I'm sending prayers your way~ I read what you are going through and my heart goes out to you. It can't be easy especially with trying to complete nursing school. I wish you the best!! I hope the meds make you feel better soon ;)

65 Roses for Marcia said...

Awww Katey, I certainly will pray that all the meds work and you can get back to school! You are my hero!

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Azer's Mom said...

Sorry to hear you've been feeling bad. I hope you get out of "prison" soon! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Terri said...

Hey Katey, sorry to hear you've been into the hospital, hang in there! Congratulations on almost being an RN, that is wonderful news and something to be proud of!

Sarah said...

Feel better soon.

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