UPDATE day 3 admit–revised with good news

Thank you for the support here and at Facebook during this recent hospitalization. I have not been able to be on the computer much as my shortness of breath has limited my activity to the point of even sitting up in certain positions. I hope to catch up soon, however, with reading everything maybe even as soon as today.

See my addendum below.

This morning one of the doctors from my medical team informed me that I do in fact have some congestive heart failure. I will hear about it more and discuss it with the cardiologists. The medical team doctor seemed to think that my CHF was treatable and not severe. Of course, this is all off the top of the head from him, but I think he was trying to give me some good news after yesterday’s news that I had, what sounded to me like a dire diagnosis and prognosis of, congestive heart failure. It does not really sound good any way you say it. At least I do not have a blood clot in my lung, which was the other possibility ruled out by a CT scan with contrast.


The cardiologists just came to see me and said they had good news. My heart is pumping just fine, and I have no congestive heart failure. I am a little disconcerted that the medical residents gave me bad news based on criteria that the cardiologists said they do not use. They look at other criteria. They asked me who told me I had CHF, I told them, and they again reassured me that my heart is in good shape. I have to say I am doing the happy dance now. I even got up and walked to the restroom in my room without any shortness of breath. It was like a victory lap LOL. Dr. Allen, the cardiologist, said that I just had a lot of fluid in me, presumably from the loads of antibiotic treatments I had last time I was in that was accompanied with all sorts of fluid IVs. I am sure glad to be able to have some good news.

Speaking of which, they are giving me some vile smelling liquid to flush the contrast from my kidneys. It smells like rotten eggs, so they mask it by putting it in juice. The only juice that works for me is cranberry. I take the vial with half a cup of juice and then wash it down with a little more juice.

I have actually eaten some food this morning. Raisin bran with skim milk and some decaf coffee with creamer. My diet is so restricted for most of my other meals it is unpalatable, so yesterday i had about two bites of a dry tuna sandwich and some yogurt. Today they are adding an order for Glucerna so at least I can drink a meal when I can’t tolerate anything else.

The severe swelling in my legs has visibility diminished, so the Lasix is working to clear out the excess fluids from my body. No wonder I can breathe better this morning. The pressure around my lungs is less as I can sit in a little bit of a crunch and still breathe freely. I am anxious to try getting up and seeing how the shortness of breath with activity has improved.

They are still a bit puzzled about the fever that I ran last night. It seems that the bladder infection I have would not cause that, and I am still receiving the Vancomycin® for the port infection from before. I am taking Cipro® for the bladder infection. And yogurt to replace the good bacteria that the antibiotics tend to destroy

Because yesterday was so stressful, I went to bed last night around 11:30 with Ativan®, and, thanks to the wonderful night team, I slept until after five o’clock. I felt quite refreshed after the grogginess of the Ativan wore off. Good sleep in a hospital is a welcome treasure.

I don’t know of any other tests today, so I hope I can relax and maybe try to get out of bed more than just to the bedside potty. It is funny how one day can vary so much from the previous, so I am hoping that today is one of those days with a positive surprise of being able to move about without extreme shortness of breah.

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23 responses to “UPDATE day 3 admit–revised with good news

  1. Lovely, beautiful Lady Friend…so good to “hear” you talk to us again. Was afraid for a bit there that you would not get your strength back. So glad to see you did. And hopefully once they get a bunch of those fluids out of you, you will get stronger and have less issues. Sleep is welcome for me anywhere, but hospital sleep is almost non-existant, so I am glad they have let you have some. Eating good is also a help to build you up. you are loved by so many of us, and thought of probably every moment of every day by someone here in cyber world. We have eagles and owls looking out for you and Don and have bright healing light directed that way. Cherish today…you are loved.

  2. Wow, Donna I Have to say it does sound good compared to what they were telling you yesterday. I am glad you got some rest, and hope you can move some today with out shortness of breath. Your in my thought, prayers and best wishes. Wish you had something really yummy to eat that tasted good.
    Love and Hug’s

  3. Praying for another better day for you, sweet Lady.

  4. I know about that ‘vile smelling’ liquid and you are right that it is nasty but also necessary. I so believe in prayer and continue to send them on in your name. Keep up the good fight and hopefully keep taking one step forward at a time. Hugs to you both

  5. Sharon Schlesinger

    I read your posts nearly every day. When your voice went silent and Marvin spoke for you, it made me sad. We had a Race committee meeting yesterday and many of the members asked about you. Here you’re back again today and as positive as you always are. We’d like to put your story on our FaceBook account. Maybe in the next few days you could write a synopsis of what you’ve been through these last few years. I think the photo above would speak volumes.

    Love you

  6. Yes, Donna…. You are loved….. Lots… and by lots of people….


  7. So happy to see the update on you CHF diagnosis! Glad you are eating some, but I bet you miss Don’s coffee. Hope you will be home soon to enjoy it! Sending my love and prayers to you both dear Lady! ♥

  8. So glad to hear you got some good news! I can just imagine how much better you’ll feel getting some of that fluid off. I thought actual sleep in a hospital was just a myth! 🙂 Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Dancing Lady!

  9. praise the LORD so happy you are having a good day Still calling your name . love you peachy lady

  10. Love you !!! Twinkling eyes wrapped up in beauty !!!

  11. Love seeing that smile again and you being able to write again! Oh my the contrast stuff…I did wonder about that when you were drinking it, just thought they (Drs.) would have something for you to take so it would come out of your body faster. From past experiences with that stuff I was passing heavy bricks with tummy issues for quite awhile….so glad they are dealing with that and getting the fluid excess out of your body…fluid retention can make you so uncomfortable and feel really bad. Seems they are on the right track again! So sorry they gave you such a scare with the heart…glad another Dr. reassured you that your heart is good! They did that with me on a Friday letting me worry over a procedure they would do that following Monday….was prepped for surgery that Monday morning when another DR came in to check on me and told me my heart was fine…someone read the test results wrong. My H was concerned so much over the weekend along with me because he had never seen me so stressed and told them he expected me to have a major heart attack with my stress level so high. It can be aggravating dealing with doctors sometimes…we want to believe them but sometimes we know what our bodies are telling us and have to make them listen. Enough about me….hope your breathing continues to improve, along with your appetite! Want you to get stronger so you can go home where the coffee is great along with that wonderful man that makes it for you and hopefully be able to continue soon with your treatments. As always…thinking of you…sending lots of positive strong energy your way along with love, hugs and a big smile….your beautiful smile made my Day!! Remember the water and keep eating that yogurt!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  12. BreastCancerSisterhood

    You are the definition of a fighter, sweet lady. Your strength and stamina amazes me.
    love & prayers,

  13. Happy Sunday, Donna. So glad to get good news from you. Residents!#@
    Hah!! I couldl have told them your heart is fine. You are an athlete, and you have the heart of an athlete. No CHF for you!

  14. So sorry they gave you that scare about CHF and happy you received the correct prognosis. Silly residents. I admire your strength so much Donna. I look forward to your updates (or Marvin’s when you are not up to it) Stay strong and determined. Hugs to my sister in arms

  15. Good news about the possibility (NOT) of CHF dear Donna! I’m so happy to see your smiling in front of that Christmas tree! Can going home to Marvin’s delicious coffee be far behind? I say NO, soon you will be back in your beloved loft with your beloved Marvin!! ♥

  16. I continue to marvel at your strength ans spirit!!! Wishing you more good days and restful nites!!!! Oh yes, and Marvin’s yummy coffee at home again!

  17. So glad that it is not CHF…praying for more restful nights!

  18. dear donna,

    i was thrilled to read your updated update! no CHF!!! just for reassurance, treatment for CHF has come a long, long way, and there are very effective meds for it these days – not that anyone would ever want to go through having it.

    marvin must also be soooo relieved. bet he can’t wait to make his sweet lady a good cuppa!

    i love the photo you posted – seeing your lovely face made my heart sing.

    love, XOXO

    karen, TC

  19. Medical Residents…I am so sorry they did that to you. I am still, 3 years after the fact, reeling with that anguish that came when a resident told me my child had leukemia, which after my doctor was called, turned out to be a lousy read in the lab work! So I am so so sorry! I am delighted you feel a little better. I look for your posts everyday and have truly grown quite fond of you! My sweet precious…please rest and continue fighting. You’re an amazing woman.

  20. You’ve been through quite a bit these last few days/weeks, I’m sure the news of possible CHF wasn’t helping but I’m so glad to hear you aren’t battling that too. Hang in there, I hope you’re feeling peachy again tomorrow.

  21. Thinking about you. Lots of love. Sue xxx

  22. Hi Donn. So good to see you up and smiling. What an incredible set of circumstances, but I am so glad you don’t have CHF. Meanwhile my hugs and virtual prayers are flying your way. You are dearly loved. XoXoXo-Susan

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