Sunday, May 16, 2010

BAD WEEKEND

Since Thursday life has turned upside down around these parts of the woods. I had bronchitis earlier and getting over it. Husband had signs of it and he would not go to doctor. Probably just as well now as Thursday he went for his normal blood work and his Dr. not there and the person seeing his patients doesn't do it but thinks he has pneumonia and sends him to ER. Where they start IV's going right then upon arrival with two antibiotics plus fluids as he's dehydrated. Do chest x-ray, come in and said he had to be admitted so the antibiotics could be continued. Also running a TON of Blood Work for bacterial infections among other things.

Baby Girl rushes from work and they sent her straight back. She talks him into being admitted. This man is 68 and was born in hospital and when 4 had tonsils out otherwise never a patient in one. Waiting for room to be made ready and next thing we know they are whisking him to ICU he is in Acute Renal Failure. He numbers were eight and suppose to be one or less.

Good news he did not have pneumonia and actually his lungs were amazingly clear. All the scans and numerous other tests show his heart is fine. His kidneys are normal in size, look great otherwise. This failure was caused by one Rx turning against his kidneys attacking them then another one he takes to protect his kidneys from diabetes turned against him causing further failure.

His numbers started coming down, his blood pressure which was dangerously low started going back up and his accelerated heart rate returned to normal by the next day so moved him to a private room. Where his reputation became the worse patient anyone had ever seen in their lives. Not a good reputation to have when those people check your IV's give you shots, tend to your catheter for 24 urine collection.

Saturday his numbers had dropped more but still high and they admitted two people for kidney failure whose were lower than his the day before. But since we are five minutes from hospital, and he so unhappy and stressed out, they agreed to let him come home and go back to Dr. Monday for blood work. To make sure the magnesium they gave him by the bagfuls for three days is holding and the bags of iron has his anemia which we had no clue about either are back to normal and especially his Creatinine levels are heading closer to normal levels. So he can remain home and off of dialysis. That they will find a medication he can take that won't mess his kidneys up. And they can get him back on his diabetes medicine as that and a dye used in one of the scans if mix in the blood/body that can do kidney failure as well.

7 comments:

Laurie said...

My prayers are with you and your husband Elaine, diabetes is such a tricky disease, having it myself there is so much that can go wrong. I wish they'd find a cure for this illness.

Teresa said...

Oh my goodness...I do hope all is going ok and that the visit to the doctor will show his numbers getting backto where they should be.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh my goodness Elaine, I hope your husband is doing better. My thoughts are with both of you.

Barb said...

Wow....that was some week-end.....I am sure you are glad it is over. Hope today's visit goes well with the Dr. Keep us posted and get well....(everyone).

Julia said...

Men! What are we going to do with them? Mine sounds just like this. They let something get way out of hand before doing something and then it's a whole lot worse than it would have been. I am so sorry that you are going through all of this. I can only imagine the scare this was for you. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Praying that your hubby's condition continues to improve.

Autum said...

Wow Elaine, I'm just reading this now, and hoping that everyone is doing better around your parts! This must have been a scary time. I don't blame your husband, I hate hospitals too!