Well folks they have finally got it this time, the bug that has been causing all the hospital admissions. They hadn’t managed to culture anything from my swabs and blood tests on my previous admissions. The hilarious thing is that the bug they found was enterobactor – I hadn’t heard of it and so I googled it and it said “Enterobacter bacteria are nosocomial opportunistic pathogens ”
of course nosocomial was a new word so I looked up that
“Nosocomial infections are infections which are a result of treatment in a hospital or a healthcare service unit, but secondary to the patient’s original condition. Infections are considered nosocomial if they first appear 48 hours or more after hospital admission or within 30 days after discharge.”
So I caught the infection from either the hospital possibly while I was having chemo or when the were treating me for the original infection in December or from the district nurses who have been doing my dressings. Arrrrrrgh!!!!!!
On the upside they now know exactly what bug it is and what antibiotic is the most effective against it. Luckily I have got a few more weeks before surgery to make sure it is completely healed.
I came home on Tuesday afternoon and apologise for not updating the G.O.G blog til today, but have been catching up on my sleep. 6am wakeups in the hospital are not condusive to feeling wide awake all day. On both Wednesday and Thursday mornings I slept until 11am and today was relatively early by comparison (9.40am).
On Wednesday I had S visit in the afternoon and bring her yummy baking as usual, then we had the usual Wednesday afternoon outing with YD. OH finished work early and came with us as we had hoped to pick up our new second car then, it wasn’t quite ready so we are picking it up this afternoon.
Yesterday J came for a visit and she must have read my mind as I had decided last week when I was out with OH on our wedding anniversary to buy some 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles to keep my mind active while I’m still off work. I had done one and have started a new one and J has now bought me a third so that will keep me occupied for the next couple of weeks.
Talking about last Tuesday (wedding anniversary) OH and I had a nice day we went out to Maraetai for lunch in a cafe by the beach and then continued round that road and went to Botany (shopping centre) where I got my jigsaws and we looked in a few other shops and stopped for a coffee. I know that I am missing a few teeth and my regrowing hair has a few grey patches but…. The girl asked me if I had a “super gold” card!!!!! For you non NZers the supergold card is a card that gives discounts and free things to over 65 yr olds!! I was totally shocked and flabbergasted that she thought I was 65!!!
This morning I went downtown with MD acting as my taxi as she doesnt have any uni classes this semester on Fridays. I had a few errands to run and whiile I was down there I booked into the dentist to get my teeth fixed before I go get myself measured up for my new top partial plate.
I am trying to keep myself at home and out of mischief as much as possible just so I am not overdoing things as my blood counts although approaching normal are a bit on the low side and I want to be as fit and healthy as I can be, going into my surgery in April. Having said that I look at my schedule for next week and I have got something happening every day but Monday. I have an Oncologist assessment on Tuesday up at the hospital, usual Wednesday afternoon outing with YD, the dentist in the morning and YD’s IEP (Individual Education Plan) meeting in the afternoon on Thursday and my herceptin chemo at the hospital on Friday. So I am quite busy without even trying.