What a day. What was only supposed to be a short time at Day Hospital turned into hours. The nurses wanted to get an accurate measurement of the medication John was getting in the home IV I was giving him. They wanted to know if he was getting too small of a dose, just right, or too much. So they had me bring in the home IV, and took a measurement before getting the IV started. Then they also took a measurement when the IV was over.
Well, the nurse and I started the IV. The thing about it is, we waited the whole hour, and nothing happened. I told her periodically that it was not working, but I guess she didn't believe me, because she didn't listen to me. This was her first time doing a home IV. At any rate, after an hour, when it was supposed to be finished, I told her it hadn't worked (she was busy with other patients the whole time). So she came over puzzled and decided to flush John's line. It needed to be flushed to work. After she did this it worked right away. It took another hour to work though.
I am glad this happened at Day Hospital, because if it had happened at home (oh, I just called Hope Lodge home, LOL) when I was giving the IV I wouldn't have known what to do. I hope that I would have had the sense to call a nurse, either at the hospital or Critical Care (John's home nursing agency), and they would have known what to tell me to do. I am sure they would have. At any rate, now I know what to do if this ever happens again when I am giving him a home IV at Hope Lodge or at home.
Also John had to stay late at Day Hospital to get a big bag of Sodium Chloride. When he left the hospital on Thursday his Creatinin level was 2.3. Today it was 2.9! There is no explanation for it going in the wrong direction that I know. I hope his kidneys are alright. I wonder what is going on. Oh, perhaps he is not going down anymore in his Creatinin level because he is not on fluids 24/7 like he was in the hospital. I hope they figure out what to do soon.
John's blood counts continued to improve today. Not great but an improvement.
I feel like such a brat tonight because I complained about Day Hospital being long and here I have John with me alive and well. There are others here who have lost their spouses. This is a rough time here with some who have lost their spouses and others hospitalized. I am truly thankful John is alive and well.
Well, I wish I could write something really exciting here but nothing exciting has happened lately! Except John getting out of the hospital. That was exciting. What is not exciting is that he is having little fevers off and on. I hope the antibiotics work. Oops, I was going to talk about something other than the illness for awhile, LOL.
Okay, I guess I will go. I don't have anything interesting to say. I will try to come back and do a fun entry tomorrow. Krissy :)