48 Hours Imprisoned

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So, joy of joys, at midnight last night my temperature spiked 38 degrees. Under the ward protocol this meant that I had to start a course of antibiotics, my old friends Tazobactam and Teicoplanin, every six hours for at least 48 hours. We are waiting for the blood cultures to come back which will decide whether I can stop the antibotics and go home or if I will need to continue with the course for the full 5-7 days.

It’s a bit of an annoyance but doesn’t come at a bad time as my platelets were too low for chemo anyway, so it’s not like I had anywhere to be!

The worst part is that because of the timing of my temperature the doses of antibiotics come at midnight, six am, noon and six pm, meaning that I don’t get much sleep in those early hours of the morning what with 2 am obs inbetween! Also feeling really hot one minute then shivering the next isn’t great fun either.

This setback and feeling run down means I am having a couple of lazy days stuck in this hospital room with Netflix and the new book I have started “Little Coffee Shop of Kabul” thanks to Maria and Kevin- I know you gave it to me way back in the beginning of all this but better late than never hey!

At the moment my gut feeling is that another line infection is causing these temperatures and symptoms as I never experience anything like a cough or cold. I don’t know what that means for the future, whether they will take out my line or not- that decision is up to the team at Southampton. It could be a random infection somewhere in my body though, lets hope so as that is less complicated and doesn’t have such extensive consequences!
My CRP, the C-reactive protein which is released when you have an inflammation in the body (check me out with my bloods knowledge!) was at quite a normal level though, which is weird as if I have an infection that should be up. I don’t know! It will all be clear when the cultures are back so I will tell you what’s going on when I know. That should be at some point tomorrow as they take around 48 hours to grow a bug and consequently decide what drugs to use on it.

From a very bored and tired Becca,
goodbye for now!

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  1. Hey Becca,
    I am praying your temp goes back to normal quickly with no line changes and the like… I have just read the following from the CYE volunteer newsletter and thought it was right to pass on to you to read… Hope you enjoy it and are strengthened through it!! Love Becks

    “Have you ever heard the story of Derek Redmond? He is a retired British athlete who won gold in the 4x400m relay at the 1991Tokyo World Championships. He is most well known for this story from the semi-final of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Redmond started well, but in the back straight about 250 metres from the finish, his hamstring snapped. He hobbled to a halt, and then fell to the ground in pain. Stretcher bearers made their way over to him, but Redmond decided he wanted to finish the race. He began to hobble along the track. He was soon joined on the track by his father, Jim Redmond, who barged past security and on to the track to get to his son. Jim and Derek completed the lap of the track together, with Derek leaning on his father’s shoulder for support. As they crossed the finish line, the crowd of 65,000 spectators rose to give Derek a standing ovation.

    It’s a brilliant story of a father who loves his son so much that he steps down from the stand to help him. (Sound familiar?) When I read it this verse comes to mind:

    “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed…” 2 Timothy 4:17

    In this letter to Timothy Paul is feeling alone and deserted. He had come under a lot of opposition and even his friends had left him. But Paul was sure of one thing; even though he was going through difficult times, the Lord stood by his side and gave him all the strength that he needed.”

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