Wednesday, 28 July 2010

still in!

Well, I'm still in hospital which is marvelous. Finally got a long line in today after 3 venflons - 1 of which is still in incase the line fails, but it's in my left hand which is just inconvenient. The Drs have been taking huge advantage of the fact that I'm in and have been catching up on things that they've been meaning to do.

Tummy packed up again after 2 days off klean prep so had gastrografin on Monday which seems to be working, but I'm also taking movicol twice a day, so who knows! My OGTT showed that my glucose tolerance is impaired. Bit miffed, but nevermind!! Still waiting to speak to the diabetes team to see what they want to do. I've not been eating much and for the first time in donkeys my weight is falling, but not by a great deal.Down 1.5kg in a week though so if it keeps up I'll be getting into bother. I'm sure once I'm home and eating properly again it'll go back on as my weight's still totally healthy so we're not worried.

Hopefully I'll be out by the weekend but just need to see how the old tum holds up and the IV access. Hate feeling like a pin cushion and the bloody tobramycin is the sorest thing in the world to put through a vein...why do they use it as first choice? :(

No London at the weekend :(:(:( Dr MacG said he's definitely not letting me go which is just poopy, but I can see why he'd say that.

On a positive note, I have an interview next Thursday! Woo!! Basically the same job as I do now but with contracted hours and as a result, sick pay! I've had to cancel 2 weeks of work to come in here and that means I'm losing 2 weeks of wages that I can't afford not to have...god only knows where my rent is coming from. Even if I was on home IVs the full 2 weeks, there's no way I could go into my work with a line/venflon in...even if I had a port I wouldn't go, it's far too dangerous and risky.

Enough is enough! Hope everyone else is doing well :) x

Saturday, 24 July 2010


Can't believe it! After 13 years free I have pseudo. I'm not moaning, as I am extremely grateful to have had so much time free of IVs, but it was a major shock to be told. I must've looked like I was gonna cry or fall over cause Dr McG looked a bit worried lol, but he was really nice about it, punted me off to X-ray and then up to the ward. He also gave me a bit of a row cause I didn't phone and let them know I was having chest pains, especially the kind that are worse on inhalation...woops! I just figured it was probs cause I was a blocked up and that I'd just wait a week and tell them at clinic, but he wasn't impressed. I won't be making that mistake again anyway cause the pain is originating where my lung is clogged, so at least now I know it's def lung pain and that it's cause of infection.

I'm on IV tobramycin and ceftazidime...yuck. Then I'm gonna be on 3 months of neb colomycin and an oral, which I can't remember the name of, but hopefully that'll shift it. I've had them all before so at least I know they've worked for me. I'm a bit annoyed that they'd known since May that I had grown pseudo and that nobody had contacted me and I've obviously been feeling worse in the 2 months...nevermind, I'm to blame too cause I didn't bother phoning. I've also finally been started on hypertonic saline neb. About time!! It definitely makes a difference.

I did my own IVs yesterday morning and will be doing them again from Monday so that I can hopefully be home by Thursday *fingers crossed*. I didn't expect that they'd let me do them seen as it's the first time I've had them at the adult service, but I know they're always desperate for beds and it means I can go home! I'm not impressed with the venflon cause it still hurts, but the nurse who checked it reckons it's still ok.

I also had more kleanprep, which was lovely, as always. Hate the stuff, although the taste is kinda growing on me...does that mean I get it too often? lol. I have virtually no appetite which is fun cause the smell of the food makes me wanna boke. Fortunately it tastes like the food at work, and I'm used to eating that crap, so I can manage something. I always make sure I eat anyway cause I know I have to.

Anyway, all that medical nonsense aside, I'm meant to be going to James' sister Ashley's graduation on Friday, in London. That means if I'm out I will need to take sharps etc on a plane...does anybody know the deal with that?

I can't think of anything else to say just now, it's been all go since Thursday and I'm shattered/head's up my bum!!

Hope everybody else is well :) x

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

6 week update

Today I went to see my CHIP (East Ayrshire Council health scheme) person, Jack, who took various readings to assess how I'm getting on since I started at the gym. It was all positive, but thought I'd put my figures down in writing so I can look back at them next time:

weight - down from 56kg to 55.4kg, still gives me a BMI of 25.3, so no worries there!
blood pressure - down to 109/79, can't remember what it was last time, but it was 131/?
body fat - down from 26.1% to 24%, which is good apparently
"metabolic age" - down from 17 to 15.

He mentioned that my visceral fat (fat on the abdomen) is good too, but I got a bit lost and didn't end up with a figure for that. At least I know it's good. And apparently I'm very well hydrated for a female. Nice.

All in all, a positive visit, but my trip to the gym afterwards wasn't so hot. I pushed myself on the treadmill, and then burned out lol. I did 3.5k on the treadmill, doing 5 minutes jog/run then 5 minutes walking etc, then only managed 10 minutes on the cross-trainer before deciding I couldn't do anymore and had a stretch then a shower (BLISS!). I went to Asda after that to get stuff for dinner and had to go back to the car to have a bit of a lung clearout, which must've been why I tired so quickly at the gym, cause normally I can manage a lot more than what I did.

Anyway, can't complain, I still did well :)

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

best workout!

I have an ultrasound on my kidneys a week today. Checking for kidney stones as far as I'm aware. If there's nothing there then goodness only knows what the deal is with the UTIs, but I've started taking cranberry tablets on the advice of the urologist, so maybe that'll help :)

I had the best workout today! I couldn't run as I'm unsure what I've done with my ankle supports, so I took to the cross-trainer again instead. Cue 40 minutes on an aerobics programme followed by a scarlet face and me collapsing onto a chair with dead legs and struggling to was well worth it though, and what's more is I really enjoyed the programme. Normally I find the cross-trainer quite boring and only do 10 minutes, if anything, on it, so I was highly impressed. All I'll add to that is that going backwards on it is KILLER. I don't think I've ever had such a serious burning pain in my thighs and calves...I'll admit that I had to swear my way through that part of the programme ha.

The weekend is shaping up to the quite good. James and I have go karting on Saturday for a friends birthday, and maybe a couple of drinks or something afterwards, then Sunday is world cup final day which means a BBQ at another friends house. That will inevitably turn into a party but I have to drive to thatas I'm working 11 - 7 on Monday, so no drinking. I can't do the whole "going to work with a hangover" thing...doesn't work for me.

Last week I spent a lot of time at my friend Claire's house as she just had a baby. Little Molly is just so cute! James managed to hold her without dropping her haha. Apart from that, things are just going on as normal, nothing exciting to talk about. As always, I hope everybody else is well and sending you all some love x