Tuesday, June 24, 2008
These are the people who were deciding my fate, in regards to treatment, but they had not seen me in person. My Ortho Doctors had spoken with them and allowed them to review the case, however, I wanted them to meet me in person to review the in depth details. They were going send me home with a PICC Line (a more permanent version of an IV that goes directly into the heart) with IV antibiotics for three to six weeks. (I've had a PICC before and had difficulties with it.)
After speaking with me they decided to send me home with two oral antibiotics that I will take for about three weeks. One is Levaquin, which is an old and well utilized drug. The other is Zyvox, which is a fairly new drug that has only been in use over the past four years. One of the most serious potential side effects that I need to watch out for is neropathy (tingling, numbness, or pain in the hands and feet (I only have to worry about the hands!). The other, in very rare cases, is death...caused by an allergic reaction causing the liver to produce poison. The fact is that most drugs could have a a similar side effect in rare cases. The only reason the Doctor even mentioned it is that they don't have a lot of history on this drug yet.
Right now, my only real concern is to deal with the GI issues brought on by my Narcotic pain killers. (Boo Constipation, Yay Narcotics!) Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to play with my cat. After 12 days he deserves the attention!
mouth! Now that you have straightened out the new doctors, things will probably go very well.
and, uh, impressive knowledge of side effects. some of us have to be careful with too much knowledge, as it causes us to believe we are having symptoms :)
Hope you're all healed up soon!
I think anyone would be fortunate to have you rooting for them, and many would compensate you for such services.
cheers to you and your furry-faced pal,
Now I'm here permanently I have lots of time to visit...once I sort out a drivers license ;) Watch out Indy!
So, back to the important stuff, we are sooo glad your ok!!!
Miss you terribly,