November 23, 2022

Silver Lining

Y'all likely remember that along with everything else going on, I'm the proud landlord to a colony of bacteria that is antibiotic-resistant. Fortunately there are a FEW bugstompers that are effective to various definitions of "effective". They're all IV-administered however. A course of them is anywhere from 7-14 days long. To prevent my arms from looking like someone threw a pissed-off hedgehog at me, a PICC line is inserted just above the elbow. This provides a medium-term port for the application of IVs and other meds.


But there's a catch. This PICC (for the more medically inclined amongst the Pond Scum, it's actually a "midline") is run up the arm, through the shoulder, and down to the vicinity of the heart to better move the drug around. The nursing home staff doesn't do that, instead hiring an outside company to do the work. THEY bring the fancy crap with them, like the ultrasound unit that's basically a tablet and salt-shaker. That lets the technician find the correct vein and run a dilator with a teeny tiny camera in it to better place the line.

This would be incredibly cool if it wasn't being done to me.  Anyway. The last three PICCs have all been inserted by the same man who I shall name Skippy for the duration of this post.  He actually said that I'm his favoritist subject because A) I'm not old, and B) I have a sensayuma. Also C) I'm not old. While he was getting set up, we chatted. He had left his home at 6am to show up around 8am to do the inserting. He'd stopped at McD's for some sausage muffins and hash browns during his drive. When he said that, I mentioned that I envied him.

See, I haven't had McD's... or really ANY fast food... since this nightmare began in March 2021, and I LOVE their brekky samitches. He then said the words that made me very happy: "I've got an extra I'm not going to eat, want it?"  I couldn't say YES fast enough.

Which is how I had McD's for breakfast yesterday... and oh, it was divine.

Then a few hours later, they bundled me up and moved me to another room. A PRIVATE room.  See, those bacteria I mentioned reached a count of 100,000. I don't know what that means, but it did seem to make people very excited. So they moved me. They SAY it's isolation, but honestly I don't care. I'd like to think that it's really because of my roomie, who has been irrationally angry of late. Screaming at nurses, CNAs, and anybody else within 50 feet about how they took his coffeemaker away (fire hazard), or how he want allowed to take a shower (not one of his shower days) or how they stole his underwear (still in laundry from the day before. This is normal). He saved his biggest fit for very early Monday. The toilet clogged (one application of plunger to fix) and he took it as a personal affront. At 330am he was ranting in the hallway about how his was going to start throwing punches if it wasnt fixed immediately.  NOT cool.

I'd taken to saying "quit yelling" at him, knowing it was pointless: he's nearly deaf. And of course, the incessant giggling.

Do two birds, one stone: get me into quarantine AND get me the hell out of that jerk's presence. Last night I slept for about 10 hours, the first real sleep I'd gotten in a week. So remember kiddies, sometimes infections can be good things!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 08:21 PM | Comments (1) | Add Comment
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1 1. Get well soon. Maybe you should research Things That Kill Resistant Bacteria. Too bad you can't get hold of Bald's Eyesalve yet.
2. Obviously it kinda stinks to have Thanksgiving in isolation, but it sounds like you can also have a nice quiet day and watch some anime. 
3. Well, I've actually missed almost every show in the last two years, much less anime. I'm too busy on workdays, and too tired on days off. Sigh.
4. I kinda wonder if a "vitamin cocktail", like they're testing for fighting sepsis, might also be useful for helping your body resist the bacteria. Probably not, because of the biofilm, but OTOH all the vitamins would probably give your body energy and make you feel better.
Not that you need another IV, though. 

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at November 24, 2022 12:44 AM (sF8WE)

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