Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums - Reply to Topic
Coffee Shop A good place for chit-chat

Thread: Karen's Dave Reply to Thread
Title:
Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
05-12-2013 04:40 PM
jabojenny Just catching up and happy to hear Dave is feeling better. I know it must be frustrating and scary with these setbacks but it sounds like everything is under control. Hopefully the improving weather will help to keep his spirits up, I love Spring.
05-12-2013 02:56 PM
sandypaws Glad to hear that Dave is doing better, even though he may not be 100% back yet. He'll get there, slowly but surely. Hope the abscess resolves itself without surgery and the infection eventually subsides with the meds. I know it can be a very slow process as these infections sure can kick ass!
05-12-2013 09:53 AM
Suzi I hope he continues to feel better . Darn staff infection really took a toll on him.
05-12-2013 09:06 AM
Missy
Quote:
Originally Posted by krandall View Post
Every day he seems a bit better than the day before, which is all good. They did another CT scan on Tues. (I think... I can't remember which day, we had so many appointments last week!!!) and the Abscess on his kidney has shrunk SLIGHTLY. Not as much as they wanted, but it's smaller than the first CT scan. He'll have another CT scan mid-June, and if it's not completely gone then, we may have to make the decision to have them go in and remove it surgically.

His back is healing nicely, and while he has some pain from it, if he doesn't over do it, I think he's been doing remarkably well with that part.

The bead news is that he is still running low grade fevers, his red blood cells are really low, and his white blood cell count (done Wed.) is up significantly from what it was a week ago. They drew more cultures on Thursday, to make sure the bacteria is still responding to the abx they've got him on and they will repeat a full blood panel on Monday to see if his other values are improving.

But although there are still things to be concerned about, and they are monitoring him carefully, they are VERY pleased that he is feeling a bit better all the time. He plans to go into the office on Monday for a couple of hours (the docs gave their OK) and see how he does.
So very happy to read this report Karen. Hugs.



05-11-2013 08:53 PM
krandall Thanks, Dave! I hope you're coming along health-wise too!
05-11-2013 07:16 PM
davetgabby slow but sure wins the race. Thanks for the update. Hugs to both of you.
05-11-2013 07:02 PM
krandall
Quote:
Originally Posted by davetgabby View Post
How's Dave doing Karen?
Every day he seems a bit better than the day before, which is all good. They did another CT scan on Tues. (I think... I can't remember which day, we had so many appointments last week!!!) and the Abscess on his kidney has shrunk SLIGHTLY. Not as much as they wanted, but it's smaller than the first CT scan. He'll have another CT scan mid-June, and if it's not completely gone then, we may have to make the decision to have them go in and remove it surgically.

His back is healing nicely, and while he has some pain from it, if he doesn't over do it, I think he's been doing remarkably well with that part.

The bead news is that he is still running low grade fevers, his red blood cells are really low, and his white blood cell count (done Wed.) is up significantly from what it was a week ago. They drew more cultures on Thursday, to make sure the bacteria is still responding to the abx they've got him on and they will repeat a full blood panel on Monday to see if his other values are improving.

But although there are still things to be concerned about, and they are monitoring him carefully, they are VERY pleased that he is feeling a bit better all the time. He plans to go into the office on Monday for a couple of hours (the docs gave their OK) and see how he does.
05-11-2013 05:56 PM
davetgabby How's Dave doing Karen?
05-03-2013 10:33 AM
krandall
Quote:
Originally Posted by morriscsps View Post
Could the yoyo-ing of his blood sugar be contributing to Dave's neediness? You said that he didn't have to use insulin to control his levels before. Maybe all those ups and downs are making him emotional. Maybe having a nurse to hold his hand and reassure him would be best.

How many more days of antibiotics does he have?
It would be nice to blame the blood sugar, but he has always been a baby about anything health related. He DID really need help when his sugar dropped so low the other night... I can tell the difference between when he really needs help and when he's being a baby. Or worse, what I REALLY hate is when he won't do what he's been TOLD to do by the doctor.
05-03-2013 10:30 AM
krandall
Quote:
Originally Posted by Beau's mom View Post
Karen - I hope someone explained to you that Dave's need for insulin is most likely short term. When things settle down (as his infection goes away), he will likely go back to his previous meds. Also, if you and Dave are not comfortable being left "on your own," TELL the VNA nurse!! She can get permission to keep coming if you are clear about being unsure and/or uncomfortable. All too often, health resources are so strained that they are too quick to leave patients -- and their families -- to fend for themselves. You don't have to let them! It is normal to feel overwhelmed in this situation (most people are) -- and no sin to cry uncle. It's bad enough that Dave doesn't take control of his care (as far as he is able). You shouldn't be made to feel as though you are the only one to "save" him. You don't need to demand anything -- just have a heart-to-heart with the VNA nurse (or the supervisor, if you must do it by phone).
So far, we haven't been overly impressed with the home health care person. But his doctor has been great, and has made herself very available to us.

And, yes, I do know the insulin isn't forever. I think, though, that that's part of what is making it hard to manage... his base blood sugar levels are going back down as he gets further away from the surgery, and the infection abates. So if we use the doses of insulin that we were sent home from the hospital with, he gets too low. His regular doc had us cut his long acting dose in half as of last night. We'll see how it goes with that.
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome