Week 6 – Tuesday and Wednesday – Still going with the flow!

Yesterday and today have certainly been a roller coaster of expectations and occurrences.

The focus on Tuesday was getting organised to leave the hospital on the “hospital in the home (HITH)” program.  This took most of the day to organise and by 4.00pm I had finished my IV medications and the take home drugs had been delivered – so home to Docklands we went (again).

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Leaving hospital for HITH I could not resist taking a pic of the ‘anti’ board showing the cocktail of drugs I am on.

The interesting thing was what happened overnight.  My temperature increased slowly and breached the 38 degree febrile mark by 10.30pm. The HITH nurse on duty checked with the doctor and the message was hang in there and monitor the situation again at 12.30am.

At 12.30am my temp was just over 38 but given I wasn’t feeling sick we decided to stay at home and see what the morning would bring.

Temps were just over 38 degrees at 5.30am so I threw down a couple more Panadol  and waited to see what might happen.  I had some very light diarrhoea but was not too concerned about this (somewhere between 5 and 6 on the stool chart!!- I am learning a lot!!).

The HITH team came fairly early around 8.30am and set about their business with observations and checks.  They hooked me up to a small pump for IV drugs which were to be delivered during the middle of the day (delayed setting).  The two nurses from HITH were on site for about an hour by the time they got things organised.

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The HITH team setting up the IV drip for the day.

When they rang through to the real hospital and reported on the temps and diarrhoea and things went down hill.  The Doctor at the HITH section (completely different to Ward 7A) wanted to go through my condition step by step which we did.  She then consulted with the Haematology team who called for blood tests and another chest X-ray.  They were worried about complications with infections showing up due to the diarrhoea or maybe a worsening of the chest infection.  This process took a few hours and after the X-ray and  blood tests were done they wanted us to hang around to get the results which they said they would put through in record time – less than an hour.

We went to our favourite café (The Loft) on the 7th floor of the Peter Mac building and then to the Meditative Space on the Ground Floor of the Peter Mac building and waited for a phone call.

Once summoned back to the HITH rooms at RMH we were met by Dr Zhi from the “Haem Team” who checked me out again (second thorough examination that day) with the message that due to last night’s Temps she would like me to come back in to Ward 7B overnight.

So we headed back home to pack the bags and returned to the Ward 7B by around 4.30pm where a bed had recently vacated (they are usually filled within 2 hours of someone leaving the Ward!).  We were asked to see Dr Zhi again before I was admitted, she said the lead consultant was a bit more lenient and felt I could stay home!  However we needed to wait for him to discuss this with us and he was in a meeting for another hour.

Luckily Jan had begun to teach me how to knit so out with the knitting and away I went to fill in the time.

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Jan had taught me how to knit as a way of passing time. My project is to knit a beanie.

Dr Ashish the lead consultant eventually turned up and talked through the situation.  He was in two minds about me going home but given there was a bed in the Ward he felt it might be safer to stay in.  The alternative was to present to the Emergency Department in the middle of the night if the temps increased dramatically.  This would involve a 3 hour wait for admission and no guarantee of a transfer to 7B at all.

Having made that decision Dr Ashish went to advise the Nurse in Charge  that I was staying only to find out that my bed had been allocated to another patient!

So we were left with no option – home it was (not such a bad option anyway)!  The lead consultant was very good about this and in good humour saying plans always change around here.

So after spending the majority of the day in the hospital (despite the fact that I am actually discharged on the HITH plan) I was finally backhome by 6.30pm via peak hour traffic.

And that my friends is how my treatment goes.  My motto is just ‘one day at a time’ and things change each day so go with the flow rather than try and plan too far ahead.

8 thoughts on “Week 6 – Tuesday and Wednesday – Still going with the flow!

  1. Hello Geoff, Its great to see you being looked after so well both at RMH and Docklands. I am not so sure about the knitting situation but I do need a new pair of woolen work socks. If there is any chance please make sure its that fine wool from Bengworden ! David.

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  2. G’day Geoff,
    I had a great laugh looking at you knitting. Fantastic! I enjoy your posts and recovery. Keep going.
    Thommo

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  3. Hi! Lovely to see you knitting. That is my hobby. Next time you come to Macugnaga I will teach you to knitt socks with four needles.
    Love your blog!
    birgitta

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  4. Great post as usual.

    Mum can knit a beanie in record time.

    No doubt you will be doing the same before long.

    Just like you playing bagpipes, she speeds up with, say, an anxious moment while watching a movie. Ha ha.

    Or, like typing – you remember one of your quiz questions while we were on a fly day – ‘what is the letter on a keyboard between the v and n?’

    We type every day, but probably become so blasé, about it because, blindfully or bored, or both, that we forget that it is a ‘b’.

    Or like once we learn the words and tune to a new song, that we can actually sing it while thinking of something completely different.

    Whatever, skills are skills and you already have them in spades.

    Adding knitting to the fray is surely going to be an asset.

    Cheers and hope to see you down there next weekend- moto gp weekend.

    Andrew Irvine 254 Elizabeth Drive Vincentia NSW 2540

    0437 694 010 ab.irvine@bigpond.com 02 4441 5767

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  5. Geoff the old beanie or two may come in handy there back there in Tassie. Is it in Richmond colours? You could sell it on any corner in Swan Street for a tidy profit if it is.

    Your resilience is amazing. Keep up the good work.

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  6. When we are the Illabo Show on Saturday I will make enquiries about a special section in the knitting entries for “men only” ! Cheers and love, Mum

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  7. Geoff,
    I added you to the Wollundry Bulletin distribution list. You may enjoy reading it. Check out the video promoting the District Technology training at Young. It’s cool.
    Happy knitting.
    Cheers,
    Paul

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