Saturday, 9 December 2017
Father has been allowed home on intravenous antibiotics, but remains unwell. Having been admitted originally with a ‘very nasty pneumonia’ (admitting medic) on top of his Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), two sputum samples showed no sign of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, this dastardly bug appeared in sputum No.3. Sadly, it is very difficult if at all possible to eradicate in COPD patients. Having also suffered some weight loss a CT of chest was ordered which showed a cavitating abscess on his left lung base, so a bronchoscopy with washings to determine the causative agent has been ordered for Friday coming. Meanwhile, as IV antibiotics are the only treatment that can be given yet, he has been allowed to come home for IV’s via a midline and to the care of the district (community) nurses, rather than sitting in a hospital bed. We will up-date you on the bronchoscopy and Father’s health as and when there are changes.
Sadly, though Father is happy to be home, his kitchen is somewhat out of bounds since -and despite having had plumbers out to clear it- the kitchen sink is the seat of a foul stench; one Father has tolerated for over a year with plenty of Domestos but which is now intolerable in terms of feeling at ease at home. We will update you about this too.
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Father's scan shows not just bronchiectasis but cavities in the lung. The bugs he has that they know about are not associated with cavity formation so they are now planning a bronchoscopy with washings/brushings. All in all he remains poorly and in need of prayers. He is trying to get home and have the bronchoscopy as an outpatient by continuing his IV's at home -if we can get his temperature to stay down and his oxygen saturation to stay up.
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Father has been on intravenous antibiotics 3 times since his admission and each time they move him to oral antibiotics the pneumonia rages again. They are leaving him on his new intravenous antibiotics (Meropenem) for the whole course. The medics have said they have to do a CT scan and/or a bronchoscopy to see if it is the bronchiectasis or a growth/tumour that is harbouring the pneumonia, as it refuses to give up the fight. He has also developed a rash around his ankles that they are not happy about. There is no sign of discharge, as all in all he remains very unwell.