You may have noticed I didn’t post last week. That is because I was busy dealing with Penny’s foot. You may recall, she has osteomyelitis from stepping on a rake in the garden. We have had doctor’s appointments, home health nurses, medicine deliveries, conversations with pharmacies, and actually having to give her the medicine.
We went from giving medicine three times a day to finding out the levels of one of the antibiotics was too low leading to her needing that one 4 times a day and the other 3 times a day. When you work out the math of spacing the doses evenly apart, we were giving medicine 6 times over the course of the day (and night, and wee hours of the morning). One of the antibiotics takes an hour and half to run, so poor Penny was practically hooked up all day long.
Then we had a doctor’s appointment from hell on Thursday. The appointment was scheduled for 1:20. We left the house at 12:45 so as to not be late (traffic in LA on Fridays is a bear). We arrived right on time, then waited over an hour for our appointment. They didn’t like that her incision is still a little swollen and red, so they want to do another MRI next week. Then they wanted to draw blood which because she has a PICC line, only an RN could do it. So over we went to the RN. Well, her PICC line was occluded, it flushed, but no blood would come out, so she need an injection to dissolve the little plug blocking it. That took 30 minutes to work, so we went to have a late snack. Did I mention I had Ella with who had a 101 degree fever? No? Yeah, that too. We finally got the blood drawn and drove home. Which took an hour. Then we had to wait for the home nurse to come to draw blood to see if the more frequent antibiotic dose was high enough. She was a half hour late (traffic on Fridays). Penny also needed the bandage around her PICC line changed. By the time the nurse left, it was 7:30. I made the executive decision of no baths, straight to bed, for all of us.
Turns out, her antibiotic level still wasn’t high enough, so the next day we got a new antibiotic to try. This one is 3 times a day and I can give it at the same time as the other, so we are now back down to three times a day. Thank God.
We have an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon on Wednesday, who has never met or seen Penny, but whatever. Hopefully we’ll get the stitches out. We’ll maybe do the MRI that day, although Sean isn’t down with the idea. Then the following Monday, we go back to infectious disease to see if we can stop the antibiotics.
Penny, is handling things fine. We have the schedule so she’s asleep for 2 out of 3 of her dosings. I, however, am fried. I think my brain stopped functioning during our week long hospital stay, and dealing with all the doctors appointments, medicines, having Ella have a fever for a week, and schlepping Sammy to and from school, I’m just done and can’t wait for this to all be over.