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Offline penguin

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today's lessons - updated
« on: September 29, 2006, 11:52:18 AM »
1. Dodgy rashes get worse if ignored
2. Projectile vomming = instant get-out pass for clinical team meetings (file for future use)
3. Yellow skin only looks good on bananas
4. No one answers phones on Fridays (this, I knew)
5. My GP is a plonker (um, ditto)

Kate
« Last Edit: October 05, 2006, 04:25:53 PM by penguin »

Offline Moffie65

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Re: today's lessons
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2006, 11:57:51 AM »
Kate,

Why the hell are you at work in your condition?

GO HOME!!! If you don't take care of yourself, nobody else will.

Please Love yourself.

In Love.

(P.S.) Sorry, forgot you live across the pond, so please file my response for the next time you feel this way.... on a work day.   ;)
« Last Edit: September 29, 2006, 11:59:56 AM by Moffie65 »
The Bible contains 6 admonishments to homosexuals,
and 362 to heterosexuals.
This doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals,
It's just that they need more supervision.
Lynn Lavne

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Re: today's lessons
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2006, 05:30:22 PM »
I say a prayer, sweet missie  :) :) :)

- matt
"The object is to be a well patient, not a good patient"

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Re: today's lessons
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2006, 07:51:20 PM »
Hello Kate,


You are in my thoughts and prayers.



Make the BEST of each Day!

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Re: today's lessons
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2006, 03:51:43 PM »
No news is, under the circumstances I think, bad news.... now not heard from Kate since Friday  :(

- matt

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Re: today's lessons
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2006, 05:47:54 PM »
bump
"The object is to be a well patient, not a good patient"

Offline manchesteruk

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Re: today's lessons
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2006, 07:50:53 PM »
Hope your ok Kate, look forward to seeing you back on here again soon.
Diagnosed 11/05

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Re: today's lessons
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2006, 04:25:27 PM »
Did a 1am dash to A&E friday, after temp spiked and I started feeling proper acid trip spacey. Moment of revelation came when i did the “tumbler test”, n guess what, it didn’t fade…

By the time I got seen, I was not at all well - apparently gave a word-perfect rendition of Atwood’s “Helen of Troy does countertop dancing”, (complete with tres dramatic “this is a torch song / touch me and you’ll burn” flourish ending) before vomming on the shoes of a very nice nurse from SA, & promptly passing out. 
 
Short version:
Having been lumbar punctured/ scanned/ bled dry/ generally harassed by every passing medic, the conclusion was reached that I had some form of meningitis and shingles.  And an ear infection, randomly.

IV antibiotics and antivirals , plus whacking great doses of painkillers and dexamethasone.  Had to have hickman line in , cos regular canulation wasn’t happening (nine goes, I repeat, nine goes, by everyone from little houseman to top anesthetist. I’m sure even the porter had a needle in his hand at one point) Spent next days in and out of  sleep/fever/general ick-ness, feeling very small.

It was decided this morning, after much negotiation, that I could go home, subject to terms and conditions. Quite handy really, as I had already decided to leave. Health care professionals deffo make the worst patients.

Temperature has come down, and I know both whom and where I am. Vomiting more under control too.. Agreement is I go back immediately if any of the above recur/worsen, & check in with them tomorrow. In the meantime, whole bag of TTOs, all sorts, line still in to continue with a couple of things IV, and I have been forced to endure the community nursing team’s (sporadic) presence for a few days. From experience, I know this will at some point involve at least one large, Polish lady talking VERY LOUDLY and s-l-o-w-l-y, calling me sweetheart, & trying to make me eat chicken.

My numbers, they are as pants as I‘m feeling. Still waiting on Hcv VL, but judging by my alts/asts, the bastard is on the move again. Either that, or I’m just drinking too much.

I smell of hospital  :(

Kate
PS - Big thank you to tim, eldon, chris and matt (star boy) for noticing my absence.


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Re: today's lessons - updated
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2006, 04:58:47 PM »
Dearest Kate,

Thank goodness you've come out of all that and deemed well enough to go home! I've been keeping an eager eye out for you as well, but didn't know what to say, so I just sent out as much positive energy in your direction as I possibly could. Had a feeling you were in hospital and damn, I hate it when I'm right at a time like this.

To be honest, my heart's been in my mouth, so to speak, and I can't tell you how relieved I am to hear from you again. Whew!

Rest up hun, and make sure you go back at the slightest sign of trouble.

Hugs,
Ann
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Re: today's lessons - updated
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2006, 05:03:02 PM »
Thanks for the update Kate. Now, just get yourself up to par.

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Re: today's lessons - updated
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2006, 05:17:01 PM »
Wishing you good karma and a speedy recovery, Kate.

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Re: today's lessons - updated
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2006, 08:26:17 PM »
I hope you feel better soon. 


Joey

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Re: today's lessons - updated
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2006, 08:30:39 PM »
Kate,

I'm so sorry to hear that your going through this...


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Re: today's lessons - updated
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2006, 08:33:09 PM »
Hello Kate,

Along with my positive thoughts and prayers, I'm sending you Get Well wishes. Please DO keep us posted on your progress.



Make the BEST of each Day!

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Re: today's lessons - updated
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2006, 10:45:55 PM »


Hope your feeling better soon!

Take care and get plenty of rest.

Hugs
Teresa
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Re: today's lessons - updated
« Reply #15 on: October 05, 2006, 11:33:56 PM »
Shake them boots out and get back on the tracks

Better soon please (I hope)

 :) :) :) :) :)

- matt

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Re: today's lessons - updated
« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2006, 03:05:13 PM »
(((((Kate!!)))) I am so sorry you have been going though all this. I hate the hospital smell too. Get better soon!! And nine pokes (not the fun kind either). You are better than me, I would have kicked someone by around the 3-4 try!

Feel better soon,
Christine
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5/30/07 t-cells 9; vl 275,000

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Re: today's lessons - updated
« Reply #17 on: October 07, 2006, 01:30:44 PM »
Kate went back to hospital this morning..  :(

- matt

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« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2006, 07:55:26 PM »
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Re: today's lessons - updated
« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2006, 08:42:08 PM »
Kate,

Sending you good thoughts and prayers. Hope you are better real soon!

Hugs
Teresa
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CD4:320
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Re: today's lessons - updated
« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2006, 08:47:06 PM »


((((((((Kate))))))))

Get better soon Kate. :)

Missing you,
Ann
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HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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Re: today's lessons - updated
« Reply #21 on: October 08, 2006, 07:59:17 AM »
Dear Kate,

I hope that you're feeling better real soon!


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« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2006, 08:56:45 AM »
Hey Matt, are you regularly in touch with Kate? Can you tell her we are all thinking about her?

Kate, I hope you feel better soon, it sounds like you go through something really rough!

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« Reply #23 on: October 08, 2006, 10:25:23 AM »
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« Reply #24 on: October 09, 2006, 12:45:59 PM »
Thankyou everyone. Went ot different, better,hospital, where my clinc is on Saturday, cos  I was feeling bit confused & not very well. Stayed over & had numerous tests run. Seem to have acquired pneumonia from somewhere, prob last hospital stay
 Chest feels bit like someones whacked me with a baseball bat. More antibiotics, some treatment for various secondary issues, reduced the dosages of some meds, so hopefully body will be slightly less overloaded.. also now have a v.fancy nebuliser thingy, which i decided they ain't getting back :)

Still looking bit like nasty yellow fiat punto, but hope that’ll be gone soon. H.line still in, annoyingly, hopefully out by end of the week though. Bizarrely, my coordination seesm to have disappeared, & staying upright/walking in a straight line is quite challenging

ill health is very borinmg.  Have told my body it has max 7 days to make a full recovery - in meantime, house has become strange combo of  hospital/tropical glasshouse (am permanently, arctic, cold, despite fever, hot chocolate et numerous jumpers) & am making full use of laptops wireless capabilities.

Thank yo all again
Kate

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« Reply #25 on: October 09, 2006, 03:44:58 PM »
Kate,

sending you love & hugs, and wishing you a SPEEDY recovery.

Alan   :-*
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