Nilaja brought my computer to me and the hospital has free internet, so I figured I would take this opportunity to update on how I'm doing.
Honestly, I'm not doing so good. While we've managed to get the pain under control, I still have a lot of numbness and can't walk. So, they set up a catheter so I don't have to worry about making it to the bathroom. The doc sent some of the urine to the lab and discovered that I have a bladder infection. So, I'm doing IV antibiotics to knock that out. Meanwhile, I was sent to get new MRIs (this time including my spinal cord) and the on call neuro Dr. C, who I was planning to see for a second opinion, found a legion on my spinal cord. It doesn't mean anything new, but we can add that to the list. Dr. C believes the bladder infection could have sparked all the other stuff happening in my body and wants to treat me aggressively. After three days of antibiotics, they are going to do the steroid infusion. This time, they are going to load me up with medicine before, during, and after to ward off any adverse reaction. They have started me on Protonix and I'm already feeling some relief in my gut. Speaking of which, I'm having an impossible time with food today. Every bite or sip makes me nauseated and I've vomited twice since getting here. I'm hoping this goes away soon. Oh, and they're giving me Ambien to sleep tonight and I've got my fingers crossed that it will work.
I don't know how long I'm going to be here, but it doesn't sound like an overnight stay and morning release. I'm trying to be patient and optimistic, but I don't like hospitals and would rather be at home working on wedding favors. But I am glad to be getting competent and aggressive treatment. I'm starting to feel more secure about having a good wedding day and that's all that matters to me right now.
I'm gonna try to get some sleep now. I'll keep you updated on my adventures in hospital land. And if you're local and want to visit, I'm at Alta Bates in Berkeley. Email me for more details.