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Another Hannah picture

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This picture was taken in February, before Hannah’s current hospitalization. In case you can’t tell, she really does not like hats. This is probably a great motivation for her to develop enough coordination to remove them.

Hannah and her hat

Written by Donnell

March 26th, 2006 at 12:07 am

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Nearing going home?

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I find it interesting how many of the doctors hesitate to tell us when we might go home for fear of “jinxing” it. Just goes to show how human nature trumps intellect. One doctor would hint but not say, specifically saying she feared jinxing it, and another actually covered Hannah’s ears when she said the possible days.

But another came right out and said it, so if we don’t go home, I guess it will be her fault. (If you can’t tell, I’m smiling as I write this.)

The best estimate we have right now is Sunday or Monday. If she stays until Tuesday (which we hope she doesn’t, of course), it will be exactly four weeks that Hannah has been in the hospital.

For the medically-minded: her diarrhea continues (this poor child has had diarrhea of some sort of close to two months, between antibiotic-induced effects, followed by c. dif., rotavirus, and possibly smooth bowel syndrome which she has to grow out of), but her electrolytes are in balance and she is gaining weight, indicating that she is pulling enough nutrition from her food, and she is not getting dehydrated. The frequency of stooling (as the medical staff politely calls it) has reduced, the first step in actually getting over it, so they feel she would be better off at home (away from the germs that always are around a hospital, since that’s where sick people congregate) since we have all the oxygen equipment and home health support to be able to continue to support her in recovery.

Janet and I are, of course, exhausted, but it could be (has been) so much worse on us. We’ll be glad to get back home and, maybe, start catching up on the rest of life, which has pretty much been put on hold for nearly a month.

Written by Donnell

March 25th, 2006 at 11:48 pm

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Hannah still in hospital

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Hannah has officially passed her old record. Today is day 17. Many of her issues have improved, but the devastating diarrhea continues, and they’re not completely sure why.

Her fevers, which had been so high and uncontrollable, have been staying at a respectable 99 degrees. Her respiratory is back to normal, which usually indicates that other things have gone back to normal also, but not in this case. She is still receiving treatment for C. Dif and for her last UTI. Actually, they had finished the run of antibiotics for the c. dif two days ago, but because the indications are that she still has it, they are starting a different drug to try to combat it.

We have, still, absolutely no idea when we might be going home.

Written by Donnell

March 17th, 2006 at 2:14 pm

Posted in Hannah,Health

General news catch-up

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This is weird. I was just certain I had posted about some of this, but it’s not here. I hope I didn’t delete some stuff from a backup or something.

Anyway.

You’ve seen in separate posts about Hannah’s latest hospitalization. This is some of what’s happening with the rest of us.

Barry is now working for U.S. Cellular—just finished his training, in fact, and he really likes his job, the people he works with, and the company he’s working for.

Amanda has broken up with her boyfriend. She and Barry are finalizing arrangements for them to share an apartment in Knoxville. So it will lead to changes in housing situations for a lot of us.

Caty had her tonsils and adenoids (at one time she told someone she was having her androids removed) taken out on Valentine’s Day. She sounds completely different to me now.

We had a birthday party for my mom on her 84th birthday. It really seemed to be a great surprise to her. We had all of the grandkids there, too. She got a combination VHS/DVD player, and now she’s trying to figure out how to work it.

I need to get back to the hospital, so more news later.

Written by Donnell

March 4th, 2006 at 3:48 pm

Update on latest hospital stay

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Just a quick update. Hannah is still in the hospital, and continues with her fever very high (it got up to 104.5 at one point), and it has remained high with very little break (got down to 99 at one point, but mostly has remained above 102 since Wednesday). My hopes for a quick hospitalization are fading, since she is now developing respiratory symptoms.

Written by Donnell

March 4th, 2006 at 3:33 pm

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Hannah back in hospital

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I don’t know what happened to this post; I swear I wrote it earlier, but it is not here now, so I’ll have to “re-create” it as best I can.

We haven’t done real well at keeping the blog updated, but the latest bit of news is that Hannah is back in the hospital. She threw up on Wednesday morning, and it was brown, and then her fever went to, I think, 103-something? To make a long story shorter, X-rays in the ER showed no evidence of intestinal blockage. Cultures later showed she has c-diff (if I’m saying that right), an organism that grows in when antibiotics have destroyed the “good” bacteria that normally help in digestion.

Hannah had just come off two consecutive rounds of antibiotic (first Suprax, and then amoxicillin) to treat two different bugs that were causing another urinary tract infection.

She is now getting something to kill the c-diff, and then we’ll have to help her grow back the normal digestive bacteria.

Her fevers have remained very high, once going as high as 104.5.

Written by Donnell

March 2nd, 2006 at 3:36 pm

Posted in Hannah,Health