News, updates, and happenings with the Kragnes family: Phil, our Seeing Eye Dogs, and (me) Rebecca.

Phil and Garron are home

Everyone is probably going to be shocked — as I was — when you learn that Phil is probably going to stay home tomorrow instead of jumping right back to work after being in the hospital. This is contrary to his usual pattern, but he feels he needs a little more recoup time before diving back in again.

He and Garron got home around seven fifteen.
Yesterday he was going to the bathroom a lot, and he wondered whether the antibiotics were causing CDIF or another kind of bacteria. Then the head nurse made things even more complicated by discarding a sample in a hat, which meant a longer turn-around time. It seems those tests came back negative.
Tests did show that Phil had a pretty rare blood infection that usually starts as a bacteria in the mouth or stomach, so the wisdom tooth extraction could have been the starting point. The last two blood cultures came back negative, but this is another bug which needs to be prevented from coming back with antibiotics. He once again had to go around with the doctors about his care. They wanted to put a pick line in and send him to a rehab center for six weeks. Then he reminded them they’d been down this road before and of the solution of having antibiotics given at dialysis. The doctors readily agreed to this plan and released him. He’ll get antibiotics every time for six weeks.

This bacteria has a habit of attaching to heart valves, so they want to schedule a Trans-Esauphagial Echocardiogram (TEE). This is the test in which they put the camera down Phil’s throat and look at the heart. He had one during a recent hospital stay, and with the sedation, the TEE has become much more humane than twenty years ago. This will be done on an outpatient basis. Because of the sedation, we’ll have to arrange for transportation home for him. Hopefully they’ll give us enough time to make the arrangements when they schedule it.

We have had at least one hospital stay a month for the last four or five months, and I think all of us want things to get back to normal. We need to sort out Phil’s absences from work which will be a bit hairy, but if he can go back steadily, we should be OK.

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