Friday, November 10, 2006

John is getting discharged Friday

Hi journaly peoples!    

The doctors came in John's room tonight and told him he was going home tomorrow (Friday).  They took two X-rays of the pneumothorax today, decided it wasn't that large, and said it would reabsorb itself.  I hope they know what they are talking about.  I am nervous about John returning home, but there is nothing I can do about it.  I believe the hospital tries to push you out at the earliest date possible it seems.  I am not sure why, but that has been the way it seems to operate.  I am also wondering why they are sending John home without knowing what kind of pneumonia he has.  The cultures have not had time to grow yet.  But they said that John would be OK, they would just send him home on oral antibiotics just like the ones he has been getting through the IV.  One of the nurses said that John should still have the pneumonia for weeks and weeks.  That it hangs on for a long time.  I had mentioned to Dr. E. that perhaps we should go over to Hope Lodge for a day, and he said he was not comfortable with John being at Hope Lodge with pneumonia.  Yet he is discharging him to home.  Wow.  Well I guess I have to trust the doctor knows what he is doing.  Anyway, Dr. E. set up an appointment for John in two weeks with Dr. Claxton.  I feel good about that.  Dr. Claxton can check John out.  And at that time he can decide what he is going to do about John's Hemolytic Anemia. 

While I am a little nervous, and wonder if we will end up back here, in another sense I am relieved.  I wanted to be home for Thanksgiving.  And Christmas.  I hope we get to stay home through the Holidays!  John will be sick for awhile and will have to lay around a lot, but at least we will be at home, and if he does do OK there, then it will be good, because it will be familiar and nice surroundings. :)  And I have so many things I want to work on at home, both things I have to do AND some fun things!  Now I am getting excited!  Ahhhh, to have a normal and boringlife again, LOL.  Life's little rewards!  

Okay, love you all, Krissy :)

26 comments:

  1. Yahooooooooo!

    Nancy

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  2. theresemshaffer11/10/2006 12:47 AM

    Krissy, I am so glad you and John are going home. Give John a hug for me...you get a kiss from your sis!  Nowadays, the hospitals get you out as soon as they can, especially if you are on Medicare. I had major back surgery last year, and I went home in less than 24 hours after being medivacked there! Hang in there honey. I know it will be good to be home for the holidays! Peace and love, Therese

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  3. Home for the holidays!!
    and you and John can rest much better at home than in the hospital and if anything is needed they are just a phone call away.....
    Linda :)

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  4. I'll pray for continued improvement in John's health.

    God Bless
    Christy

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  5. Count your blessings and take one day at a time !  Love and prayers for you both! 'On Ya' - ma

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  6. Congratulations on your Vivi Win. I am glad the Doctors think John is well enough to go home. My prayers will continue to be with you both. It will be nice to be home for the Holidays. Hugs, Helen

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  7. nightmaremom11/10/2006 6:43 AM

    Yeah!  I'm glad John is able to come home....  will be keeping you both in good thoughts.
    hugs
    d

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  8. Happy homecoming, Krissy, hope the pneumonia sorts itself out in short order.

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  9. dbaumgartner11/10/2006 6:55 AM

    Being at home will be good for both of you. You know how it is, when you're sick you'd rather be at home with familiar surroundings.

    Hugs to you both and speedy recovery from the pneumonia, John!

    Deb

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  10. SO GLAD JOHN IS WELL ENOUGH TO GO HOME. I HOPE HE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE AND YOU CAN BOTH BE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. (((((HUGS)))))))
    CINDY

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  11. seraphoflove900111/10/2006 9:10 AM

    Oh what great news this is! :o)
    Lisa

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  12. hugsdoodlewacky11/10/2006 9:13 AM

    (((((((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOUBOTH))))))))))))))))))))I am glad things are working out for John and that He can go home,I know you are worried.Just know,the both of you are in my prayers,always.HAve a nice weekend.

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  13. sugarsweet05611/10/2006 9:17 AM

    SO HAPPY! WOO HOO!
    Congrats on your Vivi too. ;)
    Have a good weekend. Give John a lil smooch from me.
    Hugs, Sugar

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  14. SO HAPPY TO HEAR THAT
    HUGS
    NOELLE

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  15. This is GREAT news!  I bet there is nothing better for John than recuperating and relaxing in his very own home!!

    ((hugs))
    Jeanne

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  16. Good news !!!!!  It may be that the doctor feels he is better off being at home rather than Hope Lodge because at Hope Lodge, other people are there and could be carrying flu & cold bugs that he doesn't want John to come in contact with.  I bet there's a kitty that will be glad to see you both.   Linda in rainy, windy Washington    

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  17. It is encouraging that John is being sent home.     It seems he likely does not have the fungal pneumonia from their observations and you will know conclusively shortly.    I think they are directing him to rest at home for the time it will take to recover from this setback with pneumonia.    The pneumothorax will hopefully be less painful with medication and will reabsorb over time.    His Hemolytic Anemia needing blood transfusions is a great concern as I remember my father getting transfusions for his battle with luekemia.    It is all so complicated understanding the use of Chemo and what it does to heal while causing others effects that deter the body from health.     I appreciate your writing about all the aspects and how it helps to educate me about people in John's situation.    John's great appreciation for each day is an inspiration for us all.    You can look forward to having Thanksgiving and Christmas at your home with Michael the Cat and your family and friends.    mark

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  18. Thrilled that John is coming home!  Praying he just gets better and stronger each day.  - Barbara

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  19. One reason they try to get patients out is not all about money....although most think it is. It's because of what they call "nosocomial infections."  Hospital acquired infections.  They are rampant!  Best to get out when you can!  
    Good luck today on the discharge. I'm hoping he'll do fine.
    Pam

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  20. I hope the doctors know what they're doing.  I'm glad though you guys can go home.  I'll keep praying for you both!  By the way Krissy- Congratulations on your Vivi award!!!!  You deserve it!!  God Bless, and welcome home soon!  love Carolyn

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  21. I am so happy that John is coming home.  If he stays at the Lodge he could catch something there from someone else.  Tell John he is one tough dude.  Hugs to you both and lots of love..........................Love Myke

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  22. I`m glad to hear John is coming home Krissy, It will be nice for you to spend Thankgiving at home.

    Sandra xxxx

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  23. Glad to hear you guys are coming home.  I understand about the concern over the short stay.  That is pretty much commonplace anymore.  Insurance doesn't want to pay for long stays and push to get the patient released as early as possible.  However, I don't think the hospital would release somebody that they knew needed to stay, they just don't allow for that cushion anymore.

    And not to forget...congrats on the Vivi!!!  It is very well deserved, I'm proud of you!

    Greg
    http://journals.aol.com/radar446/PhotoTrek/

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  24. jlocorriere0511/11/2006 7:04 AM

    I expect the reason John is being sent homne is that while in hospital he could pick up so many different bugs, we're used to our own bugs at home and build up an immunity but any strange bugs would make John ill. Also they wouldn't want to put him in Hope Lodge where he could spread the pneumonia to patients who are very sick. I hope you get to stay home for the holidays too! Let's all pray together that you will! Jeannette xx  

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  25. It WILL be nice to be home for the holidays!  I am sure they know what they are doing!  Jae

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  26. Im so glad he gets to go home! love you guys. xxxxxxx Deirdre

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