The weekend has been quite relaxing with the exception of Sunday night. With the ability to go home at night time I have found that I have been much more relaxed. It is difficult to get a good sleep in hospital but at home it is much easier to sleep. On both Friday and Sat night I was able to sleep for about 7 hours – without a sleeping tablet – so that is good news. I am still having periods of night sweats but without high body temperatures – a sign that my immune system is fighting the lung infection.
My blood tests are showing great results at present with the Red cells around 114, White around 14, Platelets around 500 and Neutrophils around 10.
Sunday night threw me a curved ball. At 8.30pm I developed a significant pain in my lower chest (lining), which was obviously related to my lung infection. Taking Panadol did not make much of an impact on the pain so by 9.30pm (after Doctor Blake’s Mystery Murders) we headed back into Hospital. Within 30 mins I had been administered Endone – a strong pain relief tablet. This made a huge difference and also helped with sleep – I managed a good sleep over night, with additional Endone in the early morning.
I was lucky to have a few visitors over the weekend including Suz Shearer from Echuca. Suz used to run training programs with me back in the Training Improvements days and we’ve kept in touch every since. She and her husband Brad run Coolibah Turf – a massive turf farm with 25 staff and 7 refrigerated trucks. They supply turf to Bunnings in Victoria. Suz is full of life and one of those doers you meet in life who just gets things done.
The other visitors were Matt and Robyn Kibble. Matt’s dad is in RMH with a number of medical conditions but at 81 he probably has an excuse. Matt built a number of the childcare centres for us in Victoria during the ABC development days and then moved up to Kununurra to build our apartments at Freshwater. He is still building childcare centres in Victoria – seems like the demand is never ending.
So with home leave over the weekend I have only been required back in hospital for a few hours during the middle of the day for the IV drugs. And from today back in Ward 7B full time until they get on top of the chest pain, which might be a day or so before I am released home full time for a week with ‘hospital at home’ care to administer the IV drugs once a day primarily to get the lung infection under control. That should be nice. However I am realistic and timeframes and the situation seem to change almost daily so I will go with the flow.
As with my last stint at home I’ll write a blog every few days as there is not a lot happening on the medical front.