Hospital Happenings

Posted on April 24th, 2008 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

An inaugural entry from Libby (Cam’s wife and blog proxy) ….

Yesterday afternoon Cam and I were advised to go into the Emergency Dept after Cam developed a temperature (called febrile neutropenia). Cam had previously been given a “VIP/medic alert” card in the event that this situation occurred. This card proved invaluable as Cam was triaged, sent straight through and given a bed in an isolation room. We were especially grateful for this as the hosp and ED had been full and one other patient we spoke to had already being waiting 6hrs to be seen. We’re now considering selling this card on ebay when we’re finished with it.

Cam was promptly seen by the ED and haematology doctors and they decided that Cam needed to be admitted to hosp. Cam spent the next 18hrs in ED until a single room became available this afternoon on the ward.

We’re still not sure where the source of the infection is- so Cam has had a lot of tests, and samples taken and in the mean time has been started on three strong, broad-spectrum, IV antibiotics. He’s feeling pretty exhausted, and has been able to sleep well for most of the day. His sleep is now being aided by a fentanyl patch (like morphine) which, in keeping with Cam’s love for prescription medications, he is embracing. His temp today has been up to 39.2C- so he’s been alternating been shivering and sweats.

The length of his hospital stay will depend on where the infection is (it will take about 3 days to get the results of the cultures) and how quickly his immune blood counts increase. We’ve been told to expect anywhere from 3 days-2weeks. Stay tuned…

Thanks again to everyone for your thoughts and prayers- we feel very well supported. We’re seeing this hosp admission as part of what we were told to expect for this treatment- so we don’t feel anxious about it and feel that we are in good hands.

9 comments.

cons

Comment on April 24th, 2008.

Liz you are an absolute angel! Thanks for keeping us updated, will be praying for Cam. Good to hear he is getting the royal treatment there though. xxx

Muffin Man's Revenge

Comment on April 24th, 2008.

Cam would be lost without you. You are solid as an oak! We’ll keep you in our prayers.

The Stalker

Comment on April 24th, 2008.

Yes, Cam is a lucky man to have such a supportive wife looking after him.
Send Cam our love..we’ll continue to keep you both in our thoughts and prayers.

Sharon Murphy

Comment on April 25th, 2008.

The Admirer
Thanks Liz for the update, I have been quite worried as I’m sure everyone else has. I think you and Cam would be quite amazed at just how many people you don’t know read Cam’s journey.

Serendipity

Comment on April 25th, 2008.

Go neutrophils! Be fruitful and multiply. Do your job and gobble up all the aliens. Go in the power of the Triune God.

guy in the white suit

Comment on April 25th, 2008.

It’s kind of symbolic this has come up around ANZAC day because it sounds like Cam has a fight on his hands.

Knowing Cam, he is going to show us some typical fighting ANZAC spirit. Adding to that is the wonderful miss Nightinggale who is right beside him. You are amazing Liz. Our prayers and thoughts are with you both. Thanks for letting us be part of your journey.

Rory Shiner

Comment on April 25th, 2008.

Love and prayers from all of us too. R, S, M, T and ?

Steph

Comment on April 25th, 2008.

I read your post the last day or so and find myself humming the main theme from “Rocky”…
Love to you both xx

sojourner

Comment on April 26th, 2008.

One prayer immediately sent your way here and now :0)

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