I’m really behind in updates. In case you’re further behind than I am, I was released from the hospital May 25th. I spent about a week in a hotel close by Emory and then came home.
During the hospital stay, the stem cells were replaced and seem to be doing their job. I did manage to get some kind of infection in my blood. This required an antibiotic through a central line in my arm (the one in my chest was swapped out for the arm) every 8 hours until June 4. On June 5th, the line was removed and during a stop at the clinic, I was sent to the ER and spent from about 10:30 – 9:30 there.
During the ER stay, my heart rate was around 130 when sitting and 145 when standing. They are still not sure why, but my heart rate was elevated (not that high) during the hospital stay. It continues to stay over 100 just sitting. Needless to say, that was a long and tiring day. Most of that week, I felt really bad, but around Thursday, I turned the corner. By Sunday (11th), I went to church, which was my first trip anywhere in awhile.
Some other news:
During the hospital stay, Kelly’s car became possessed. It wouldn’t start, then the wheels locked up. It had to be towed….. Things that were sweet, they became something I couldn’t stand for a week or so after getting home. Juices, coke, etc were all something I couldn’t stand. Even flavored water was terrible, but that’s all back to normal now…. There’s all kinds of things I have to avoid- certain foods, fresh water lakes, dirt, etc. I’ll have to be immunized again in a few months.
So there it is, in a nutshell, my life the last month. I thought I’d be back after a week or two, but my strength is just going to return more slowly than expected.
Thank you to those who prayed, called, texted and/or visited.