I thought I would update you all on how the Donkey has been trying to progress. As you know, I ended up in the hospital when I returned from Haiti with both congestive heart failure (caused by the infection) and the significant infection itself. After 2 weeks in the hospital, I felt quite well and returned to work half days to let me strengthen my feeble legs. The infectious disease specialists wanted me to go another 2 weeks on the IV antibiotic, which I did, but still had fevers, chills and the nasty rigors. So, rechecked the blood cultures on Monday and have the same bug there, thus, we didn’t get him yet.
For this nasty bug there are two choices, one is $1000/week for my copay, yikes, and the other is hard on my kidneys, so no simple solution, but settled on the second choice (the kidney killer) as it has been around for 40 years plus and at least I know what problems it causes. I also need my line changed, but with Corona, the hospitals are not doing anything but emergencies and this doesn’t qualify. So will run this a while, check kidney function frequently and see how it goes
I am thankful that the kids have been able to care for me, change my dressings/ostomy regularly, helping me to wander on my wobbly legs with the help of the walker, etc, in addition to their regular jobs, especially Jenn, who has mastered the art of changing my ostomy. Rachel just got here from Univ of Arkanas, which is shut down for an indefinite time and can relieve Jenn of many of her tasks and it is great to have the family all together for a while, especially as I lose some ground and like to spend some time with them.
With all the Corona concerns, as of today, we have closed the office to prevent spread. There are so many concerns and regulations that it is difficult to run the office. So, will work on projects at home as I have energy, etc. On an oxygen machine for the time being, hopefully that will go away with the resolution or the heart trouble and the infection. . I don’t know if it is the residual of my chemotherapy or the new antibiotic, but I have no strength in my legs and they can suddenly give out and I go to the floor. This started a couple hours after I started the antibiotic but, after discussion with my Infectious Disease Doctor, the choices are slim and we will see if we can keep trying it for the month or so I have to put up with it. One nice thing about the office being closed is that I don’t need to try to wobble away with my walker to see my patients…
Spoke a bit with Dr. Moise yesterday. There is a panic going on there worse than the US as they have 4 cases so far. Everything, including the airport is shut down. We have masks for surgery and the people have come to procure the protective equipment. However, we have limited supplies. Covid 19 has certainly activated the fear factor worldwide.
As always, we appreciate your prayers, support and encouragement as we strive to be faithful to our Lord in His work, both here in the USA and at CSL, Haiti.
Bill, James, Jenn and Rachel