Daily Archives: August 25, 2011

Hospital Adventures

As most of our friends and family know, my mom has been in the hospital the past couple of days.  After having such a wonderful weekend up north, it was a bummer having to head to the emergency room on Tuesday.  My mom started showing symptoms of infection the day that we came home from the cabin.  When we got her back into bed we noticed that she had a fever and a rash was developing on her right leg.  At that time, we just assumed that it was an allergic reaction of some sort & the fever was her way of fighting it off.  On Monday my mom slept most of the day (which is very strange for her) and the rash had grown a little bit in size.  By that evening it seemed her fever had broken and she was feeling a little better.  I was confident at that time that she was heading onward and upward.  Tuesday morning my mom woke with a fever again & the rash had grown to cover her entire leg.  When her nurse showed up to check her INR she touched the rash & said that a rash that is hot to the touch is not good.  We decided then to make a trip to the emergency room.  My dad was able to take off work & come with us & we were off.  After several hours in the Emergency room (I am sure that most of you know how that goes!) it was determined we should check my mom into the hospital & start her on antibiotics.  The overall diagnosis has been Cellulitis.  It is a skin infection that can become extremely serious if not treated right away.  We are lucky that we got her in on time & didn’t decide to wait it out.  The past couple of days we have been hanging out at the hospital & the antibiotics seem to be working.  The rash has decreased in size, but is still there.  We just had a consult with her doctor & decided to stay another night.  She said that getting antibiotics through an IV for one more day would be beneficial & my mom doesn’t seem too anxious to get home.  The nurses here (at Methodist hospital ICU) are amazing!!  After seeing how great they are, I have been able to sit back & let them do most of the rolling with my mom.  They also take excellent care of her skin to keep her from getting bed sores.  It is comforting to know that she is getting such excellent care.  And at Methodist I get a nice reclining chair to sleep in versus when we were at HCMC and I had to sleep in my mom’s wheelchair.  This is so much more comfortable!

We encouraged my dad to continue going to work today and yesterday & he has been stopping over to give me time off later in the day.  My sister Jenna has also been here to give me a break.  Team Eagle has pulled together like we always do!

Mom's Cellulitis on the first day we checked in. Yuck!

Mom hanging in her hospital room.

Thank you for all of the kind messages & prayers on Facebook!  I always read them to my mom & they brighten her spirits & encourage that smile that we all love!  I am about 90% sure that we will be leaving tomorrow.  Just in time for the weekend!  Yay!

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