Unfortunately, by Sunday, I still felt pretty awful, so to the ER we went. I felt tremendously better after I got "topped off" with some fluids, as my awesome nurse Mark put it. My white count is back up again, after having gone down to the lowest it's been in recent history. That's disappointing and a bit concerning, so per the ER doc's instructions, I placed a call to Dr. Saturday to see what he wants to do - probably more antibiotics.
My tummy is still dumping, which makes staying hydrated quite a challenge for me. And it's annoying because I have to empty Squirt's bag every hour. I'm working hard at pushing the fluids! Thankfully, I've been doing pretty well otherwise - my muscle pain has been mostly under control, and my joints are really doing fantastic! I've also been able to eat, mostly, despite the dumping, which is very good and exciting!
I had another wound change today. We tried out a local rehab clinic. Unfortunately, they don't quite have the resources or experience that the downtown wound clinic offers... and they only have male wound care people. I wasn't at all comfortable with the situation. So we've decided to bite the bullet and commute to the downtown hospital three days a week, on top of my school schedule that has me at the complete opposite end of the metroplex. This is a major bummer, but I think the drive will be worth it to get really good care delivered in a slightly more comfortable setting. The guy at the clinic did take a picture of my wound so I could see it (the photo was subsequently deleted, per my wishes). Boy howdy. It is gaping and bigger and uglier and far more graphic than I had imagined, and trust me, I have a pretty vivid imagination. I now understand why it's going to take so long to heal. It's amazing to me that God created our bodies so that they can heal even from massive injury and illness... He is amazing!
Please pray that my stomach will settle down so that I'll stay hydrated!
Please pray for wisdom for Dr. Saturday to decide what's best to do!
Please pray for my attitude, especially with the wound care... it is still very a very painful, time consuming, unpleasant, and embarrassing process. But necessary! This care will involve many, many hours each week for the next several weeks. But this is clearly what God has for me right now, and I'm trying to find joy in Him and be thankful in the midst of it.
I am taking summer classes - returned to class today - and I'm hoping that the downtown clinic can accommodate my schedule so that I won't miss class for wound stuff.