THE BLUE PRIDE INFIRMARY May 20, 2014 8:31:32 GMT -5
Post by Deleted on May 20, 2014 8:31:32 GMT -5
As of now the hiccups are gone after some medicine and Steve is still very hoarse. There was an MRI done yesterday and I'm sure I'll hear about the results soon. Frank has been doing the care taking where Steve was doing that a few weeks ago. I'm thinking Steve's problem has it's roots in stress. But who knows? I'm worried for both of them.
I'm going to copy & paste an e-mail that Frank sent the other day to further explain things....If he tells me to, I'll delete it. But for now it will bring things up to date better than I can say it. Here goes:
Just a quick note to let you know that ......
(a) while I still have a lot of bad stuff going on inside me, in general I feel pretty good. Haven't started phase 2 of chemotherapy yet, but will worry about that when the day comes.
(b) now it's Steve who is in Lenox Hill Hospital with who-knows-what. I brought him over to the ER yesterday (Thursday) at the doctor's suggestion and he was admitted. They don't know if his problem is pneumonia or something else, but they'll do what they have to do and I'll keep you all advised.
Thumbnail background: Two weeks ago (on a Friday, naturally) he began to cough, sneeze, have a sore throat and hiccups. OK. First three we've all gone through. They last maybe for a week and if we take care of ourselves as often as not they self resolve. But hiccups should NOT last for 12 straight days practically non-stop. Started on a Friday, he sees HIS doctor on Tuesday. Doc takes blood and urine, says he'll have results and get back to him on Friday. Offers nothing about the hiccups but puts Steve on an anti-viral which, two days later I make him stop. It's making him loopy, zombie-like, spaced out. Figure we'll hear the next day anyway.
Friday comes and goes. Steve calls first thing Monday morning and leaves a message for the doctor to call back, which he does...at 6:30 p.m. Tests are negative. Steve brings up the hiccup problem. "Take a spoonful of grape jelly," is the response. [The guy is tops in his field when it comes to Diabetes, but sucks as a primary care].
The next day (Tuesday) I take Steve to My doctor who spends an hour and a half with us, probing, questioning, ruling in, ruling out. By this time, of course, Steve is totally debilitated from the constant hiccups, and maybe something underlying that is going on in his system. Tired, weak, shuffles when he walks, falls asleep sitting in front of a blank computer screen. My doctor draws blood, has him go for two sided chest X-ray, suspects bacterial infection, prescribes Doxycycline and prescribes Chlorpromazine for the hiccups.
By Wednesday afternoon hiccups had remained at bay for 12 hours straight, but began again in early evening. I called the doc who said to give him an extra pill. I did. It worked. But by the wee hours of Thursday morning the weakness got so great that Steve was hardly able to walk and began rough coughing which only irritated an already sore throat. Then, when lying down, he'd complain of having difficulty breathing and pressure just above the chest but below the throat. I called the Doctor who told me to call 911 and get him over to Lenox Hill ER, which I did. Spent the entire day in the ER (had an EKG, another X-ray taken and a CT scan, but a good part of it just waiting for a bed). He was finally placed in a room at 11:30 p.m. I got back home around 1 a.m. and got my first uninterrupted sleep (all 4 hours of it) in three days.
Aren't you glad that was a "thumbnail" summary? Sorry, but they tell me if it can be said in 10 words I'll take 50.
I'll keep you informed of the latest in this soap opera.
So....this is where we are right now. I'm glad that Frank feels better and I'm upset that Steve is going through this stuff now. He's already been through the wringer, as has Frank. Neither of them deserve this. They are both top notch people. More info as it becomes available.....