I went back to clinic this morning after a phone call last night from one of the nurses saying that my infection markers (CRP) in my blood tests were raised. They don't know the source of this high CRP, it could be an infection anywhere in my body, or a virus, but wanted to have me back and do more bloods and check things out. When I arrived at clinic they announced they had a bed for me at 3pm and the doctor wanted me in to assess things properly and get on top of this latest issue before it becomes more serious. Currently the CRP is about 115. It can get above 200, but normal is under 10. If you're interested see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-reactive_protein
I guess this sort of thing is to be expected but is rather annoying. In a way though it is reassuring to know that they are quick to respond and are going to sort it out - it is less worry-inducing than sitting around wondering whether we should be doing something. All sorts of questions run through my head: How ill should I feel? Is it side effects? Should I be tired? How much is down to the wound/surgery? How am I supposed to know when it is infection/rejection?
Today I actually feel pretty ok. The only real remaining symptom is a fairly high heart rate. My temperature is normal and I am fairly energetic. With a bit of luck the blood test taken this morning will show a reduced CRP and that I am moving in the right direction. The idea of the intense boredom of another hospital stay is rather dismaying, as is the idea of more IV antibiotics which tend to make me feel pretty ill in other ways, as discussed in previous posts. Still, there is no other option - I need to prepare mentally for another week or so institutionalised and Vicky will be 'enjoying' the A428 far too much again.
I'll be on a different ward - Duchess - and there is no guarantee I'll have any phone reception so I may be out of touch for a while. Vicky will keep you updated via the blog.
5 months ago