June 26th, 2005


Medical update

It seems like everything that could have gone wrong with my grandmother is going wrong.

She was originally hospitalized for colitis caused by the antibiotics she's been taking for a urinary tract infection. Since then, she's been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and she's showing the symptoms of thrush, an infection of the mouth and throat common in diabetics, especially after taking antibiotics.

To that, add the problem that affects many patients with long-term IV usage: the veins in her arms are collapsing, making it nearly impossible to give an IV or draw blood. So tomorrow the doctors will be installing a pick line, a tube that is surgically inserted into the body. A pick line can remain in place for months or even years, and will eliminate the need to constantly poke her to draw blood.

Looks like she's going to be in the hospital at least until Wednesday. Thankfully she's got Medicare and secondary insurance, so everything is covered 100%.

Unfortunately it appears I might have picked up a bug or something from the hospital; my right eye has been hurting badly for the past couple days. Last time I had this problem, it was a nasty infection. I've already started taking antibiotic eye drops, hopefully it won't be as bad tomorrow, as it's affecting my vision.
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