This post is late in coming. I’m starting to feel like a broken record. I’m back in the hospital, battling this pneumonia. I sprung a fever late Monday afternoon and ended up back here for the too-many-ith time in the past few months.
The doctors expect that the fevers were likely a reaction to one of the antibiotics I had been taking. When they discontinued the medication, the fevers went away. Unfortunately, that means we have to cross one more antibiotic off the list of possible medications we can use. Our list of effective drugs is shrinking, but we’ve still got a few good options on the table. We’ve switched to a new antibiotic (one to which the pneumonia is still sensitive) and we are hoping that I won’t have a similar bad reaction this time.
The good news is that my symptoms are improving. I’m feeling stronger (weight holding steady), walking longer (one hour plus for the past 3 days) and my most recent x-rays and CT scan show significant improvement. I feel like if we can continue this antibiotic combination for a few more weeks, we will be a long way towards finally ridding my body of this bug. So we’re thinking positive and praying that nothing weird (fevers, rashes, dropping white-cell counts, etc.) happens in the next few days. If all goes well, I’ll be heading home on Monday.
Lots of love,