Unfortunately this whole thing is not an elaborate April fools joke. For the first time ever, I haven’t felt like fooling anyone. Katy has been battling a high fever all day. I came in to her being at 105.9, and left her at 105.1. They did a CT scan of her chest and abdomen. The results won’t be in until later, and the final read won’t be available until tomorrow morning. They scans were to see if there is any infection causing the fever. There is a possibility that the spleen is infected where it is damaged. More of the “wait and see” game. I just hope she has a peaceful night’s sleep.
I have gotten a few messages from people replying to my comment regarding the strep A issue. Katy was swabbed for strep A before, during, and after the birth. She was negative. Some people have shared their stories, and they all are different. That is part of what is bothering me. There doesn’t seem to be a clear path to prevention for these rare cases of the infection. I met a lady today (I am not including her info for privacy reasons) whose brother died of strep A 5 years ago. He didn’t have any wounds, he (obviously) had not given birth, he just had flu like symptoms that were treated as such and then went back when his leg started hurting. He was then diagnosed (after testing), and died a few days later. I hope that I remembered the facts correctly. If not, (you know who you are) please let me know.
Today was very frustrating in trying to get communication to happen with the staff. There seemed to be an altered set of parameters as to when and why anyone would call me. I was VERY unhappy to walk in to find Katy’s fever so high. I was even more unhappy with trying to get someone to let me know when she was going to CT. I addressed it with the case manager and two doctors, and I hope that we will not have any further misunderstandings.
In the middle of all of this chaos, I want to try and acknowledge some happy things. Happy birthday Rachel, Bill, Jay, Chris! I hope you all have a GREAT birthday weekend!
As I was contemplting what to write next, I received a call from the doctor on duty. Katy’s CT scan of her abdomen showed no infection. The scan of her lungs did show a little progression of the infection in her lung. They have started her on some new antibiotics 2 days ago, and adjusted the levels of her meds today. For now, the plan is to observe and see if improvements are made. If she continues to get worse, then they will meet with the CVTS team (who did the surgery on her pleural cavity) to get some more opinions. I have a meeting with the head doctor tomorrow, and have arranged a daily meeting with the new staff every day around lunch time.
I’m sorry not to write a story tonight, but I have been fighting a headache all afternoon. The computer screen seems to aggravate it. I will share with you some of Katy’s favorite pop culture items. These are all things that would be so typical Katy, that I can’t help but to think of her every time I even here these mentioned.
Movies-The Princess Bride, Major Payne, Sound of Music, Serenity
Music-John Denver, The Steeldrivers, Back Door Slam, ANY Celtic music, Storyville
TV-The Daily Show, Colbert Report, and show hunting ghosts
I hope you will think of her every time you see/hear one of these things too.
Love to all,