Katy started having trouble breathing yesterday, while I was on errands, and we called 911 to have her taken, by ambulance, to the hospital. After several tests were done, it was found that her potassium was high, and her sodium was low. Her blood pressure was low, but her heart rate, breathing, and pulse/ox were all good. There is a lot of possibilities as to the cause, but we are still waiting for the results of the blood cultures. Katy did feel better with the fluids being given to her, and ate a hearty meal late last night. I met with the attending doctor, and the GI doctor this morning, and we are just waiting for cultures and labs. She will stay in the hospital until we can be sure of what has caused this, and then we will continue treatments at home.
In typical Katy fashion, Katy’s numbers were almost opposite of her state of being. When her blood pressure was normal, she felt horrible. When her pressure was low, she was laughing and watching TV. It is a very good sign that she has an appetite, and that is producing urine. She actually never stopped urinating, nor did she have a reduction in the amount, but her kidneys were diminished last night. She also had a high blood-uria level. She seems to be responding well to the antibiotics, so i am hoping that this is a simple case of an infection and not Addison’s disease, or secondary adrenal failure. No matter the culprit, we will have a the nursing company start monitoring her blood while doing wound care. I’m not sure why this was not the case, since she was so closely monitored in the hospital, and I did ask if she should be monitored, but we will move forward with more close monitoring when she returns home.
Thanks to all of you for the barrage of messages I received wishing me a happy birthday. I wish my day didn’t involve a trip to the hospital, but I still count my self lucky to have my Katy!
I will write more as information comes my way. Please, I must insist, do not visit Katy without FIRST contacting me and confirming a time that is appropriate. Thanks, again, for all of your love and support.
Love to all,