Jim is fine now, but last week he was complaining of being chilled and then later, of some aches and pains. By Wednesday night, he was moaning and crying out in his sleep. I tried to check his pulse and breathing without waking him, but was just unsure I was getting correct counts since I was listening through his back and he was tossing around so much.
He wrote me several times on Thursday saying how badly he hurt and how cold he was. He thought it was a bad bladder infection. He wouldn’t miss that day because he’d planned a test and had no idea how ill he was. I was waiting for him in my car after school and we went right to the ER.
He had sepsis again, tho this time, even tho his white count was horribly high, other blood work was okay. It took 12 hours to get him into a bed and admit him but they did start IV antibiotics immediately. He sent me home to sleep for a while and the ER staff promised to call if anything changed.
He was in the hospital from 5 p.m. on Thursday until after 5 p.m. on Sunday. He came home with antibiotics. This bout of sepsis was caused by a very bad bladder infection. VERY bad. Thankfully, it had not moved to his kidneys.
We got home in time to get ready for the hurricane. Other than lots of leaves and a couple of small branches, we have no damage or mess to clean up. School was cancelled for Monday and Tuesday so that gave him an extra two days to recuperate. He was up and out of here quite early today and only wrote me once, about a football event the school has each year.
He had a private room this time, but insisted I go home to sleep. The doctor gave him medicine for the pain the sepsis caused and he felt so much better once that kicked in.
I barely slept and am still not sleeping well. I keep checking on him. We’ve got an appointment to see the Infectious Disease Specialist he saw after he had a bad bladder infection that was a bacteria that responds mainly to medications he’s allergic to. We’re hoping Dr. Watts can prescribe something he can take daily to help prevent bladder infections so this won’t happen again.
September is Sepsis Awareness month. Every two minutes, someone in the US dies of Sepsis. The symptoms are much like a flu. Chills, pains, weak, pale and others. Look it up. Learn the symptoms and if you ever wonder, ‘Could this be sepsis?’ say the words, ‘I’m concerned about sepsis’. You might just save a life.
Supper’s almost ready. Jim should be home soon. I did want to update you with our latest incident and thank all who saw my remarks on Facebook and were praying.
Getting old is not for sissies!
Hope you’re all well and see you soon for
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