Archive for the ‘hospital’ Category

I’ll Love You Forever Part II:


(Continued from yesterday’s I’ll Love You Forever Part I)

I have no more memories until four days later after which I was told I had been put on a ventilator in a drug induced coma. The doctors didn’t even know what had caused this life threatening emergency until I was already up and out of ICU! All the doctors literally threw everything and the kitchen sink at me while trying to figure out what had sent me so close to death. The acronym for what they found is just four little letters, but what those letter represent came way too close to ending my life. As it turns out I had contracted hospital acquired MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in my lungs and blood stream (sepsis). The MRSA sepsis is what led to all the problems I have since had with my legs. I am very thankful and grateful to be alive.

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I’ll Love You Forever Part I


Exactly 3 years ago today my life (and my dad and my sisters lives) were irrevocably changed. It happened while I was in the hospital receiving treatment for a very severe flare of my IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). I had started to not feel well several days before but past it off as a bad asthma attack and had even started requesting breathing treatment every couple hours. But it wasn’t enough and I started requiring oxygen to assist me. No one (on my medical team) had any idea of what was going on ! And then Tuesday, November 11th came in my world would never be the same.
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There Is No Place Like…

HOME! I came home on Tuesday afternoon and am mostly settled in now.I came home Tuesday afternoon and am now mostly settled in. A week ago Thursday, I received an email saying that the request I submitted for an ARC (advance reading copy) of a book that won’t hit shelves until Jan. was granted!!

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Top 10 Signs You’ve Been in the Hospital Too Much…


10. when you notice when the TVs have been changed and cable channels added

9. when the anesthesiologist comes to check on you days after surgery and tells you to call him for the next surgery!

8. when you know ALL the nurses on the floor and are greeted warmly by them when you arrive!

7. when you explain your medications to the doctors (and nurses) because they haven’t even heard of them before!

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First Steps Part 2


Today was my first full day on the ARU (Acute Rehab Unit)! It wasn’t like a “regular” rehab day as it was evals (evaluations). I woke up very early and waited eagerly for a few hours while waiting til 11am when my PT (Physical Therapy) eval would begin. I was quite excited to see, C*, an old favorite from last June. I really enjoyed working with her a few months ago and was quite eager to show her what I could now do. With all the IV’s and tubes it took like 10 minutes to just sort everything out!

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