progress report pleurodesis day 9

A possible setback last night: a low-grade fever and some runs during the night that kept me from sleeping. They also checked my vitals every couple of hours and then took blood cultures, which all come from my portacath, to figure out what is going on. I saw both my attending physician here in the hospital, which is my PCP, and my pulmonary surgeon who performed the procedure, and they both said they expect that I will be leaving today for a rehab facility. The caseworker is trying to find a place in Long Beach for me to go to. Openings seem to be an issue, so it does not seem like I will have a lot of choices of where I can go even though I have lists of facilities that they gave me yesterday. Nothing is ever smooth sailing, but I am trying to be patient. I just do not want to be transferred this time like I was the last time this happened in February 2009 after that surgery. They transferred me after hours, and it turned into a complete fiasco. They assure me this will not happen this time.

In the meantime history is being made as the Space Shuttle Endeavor flies atop a 747 to its permanent home at the California Science Center. It flew through so many places here in southern California including coming right by the UCI Medical Center and my husband’s workplace, URS Corporation in Santa Ana. I did not get to see it as I’m in a tiny room with a tiny window and had no idea it was even flying over this area, but others here and at my husband’s workplace got to see it flying by. Everyone here came by to tell me about it, while I have been watching the news coverage on television.

Hoping for news that I will be moving to a rehab facility so I can gain some strength and stamina and get ready to go home. I am sure missing being home with my sweetie.

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4 responses to “progress report pleurodesis day 9

  1. I so hope you can get home soon! Wishing you dreams of dancing! ♥

  2. I know he is also hoping for your quick return home…but home ready to care for yourself as much as possible. In the meantime, dance, and think happy thoughts. If they say you can be transferred, yuppie! If not til tomorrow, then yippee, too!

  3. My husband & I and our 2 daughters were in Florida and got to witness the space shuttle Challenger piggy back into the Kennedy Space Center on a 747. We were going to spend the day there but had gone for breakfast nearby. We had such a perfect view on them coming in, It was much better than if we had been there. We got to see it in the hanger later. It was about 32 years ago and we will never forget the thrill we experienced that day.
    Stay enfolded in care & love so you can be home asap.

  4. I hope things go smooth this time as you go to a rehab center and then on your way home. Your grace, dignity and courage is amazing in the face of so much.Thank you for keeping us posted as I am praying every day to see you dance in the light. You are amazing. Hugs and XoXoXoXO-Susan

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